Birch Island Restoration and Trail Project
The waterways and wetlands of Birch Island provide a refuge for a diverse community of plants and animals, however it has endured years of degradation from development, and use.
With a formal stewardship agreement now in place, HWL is working with the Town of Happy Valley - Goose Bay, and other community partners to restore unique wetland habitat found on the Island, and create place where visitors can appreciate the Island's beautiful landscapes, view wildlife, and learn first-hand about the ecology of a wetland.
This fall we successfully constructed a viewing deck overlooking the creek, and nearly 100 meters of fully-accessible boardwalk. A new 30 foot bridge, and 4 new culverts will be be installed this October to repair two stream crossing on Birch Island Road, improving flow and fish habitat.
With enough support, we plan to continue to the boardwalk and viewing areas through the wetland out the River, create an outdoor classroom and continue restoration and monitoring efforts.
There are many ways to become involved and show your support!