Buttertubs group thrilled with community support

One doesn’t have to look too far in Nanaimo for good-hearted people, and support for Buttertubs Marsh is a prime example.

One doesn’t have to look too far in Nanaimo for good-hearted people, and support for Buttertubs Marsh is a prime example.

“We are thrilled with the community support Buttertubs receives and want to express our appreciation to everyone who works so hard to keep this place special,” said Doug Walker, CEO of The Nature Trust of B.C.

The Buttertubs Marsh Liaison Committee, a group of neighbours and retired professionals chaired by Bill Merilees, is one of the partners who regularly solicits and receives gifts of material or money from various individuals and companies.

Sharecost Rentals and Sales is such a company.

As required, when the committee needs a yard or two of material to patch up a trail, Sharecost obliges by running it out on their truck.

And then there are wonderful volunteers who chip in with helping hands.

“The last delivery from Sharecost involved two gentlemen from the Geo Pearkes Senior community,” said Merilees.

“They took it upon themselves to clean up weeds and resurface the area around a viewing area at the entrance to the marsh. They did a very fine job.”

Other types of support includes InSight Developments’ donation of aerial photographs and fresh coats of paint on viewing platforms, courtesy of TD Friends of the Environment Foundation.

The Nature Trust of BC is celebrating 40 years of conservation across the province this year.

Since 1971, it has acquired 61,000 hectares, including key land at Buttertubs Marsh.

The Nature Trust is a leading non profit land conservation organization dedicated to protecting B.C.’s natural diversity of plants and animals through the acquisition and conservation of critical habitats and other areas of ecological significance.