Magazine contributes $10,000 for tree planting in Stanley Park



    VANCOUVER, Feb. 12 /CNW/ - As the Vancouver Park Board rolls out
restoration plans for Stanley Park in 2008, British Columbia Magazine is
pleased to announce a $10,000 contribution to the cause. A year after violent
winter winds wreaked havoc in Vancouver's treasured city park, the magazine
has delivered on its commitment to donate a portion of proceeds from its
special issue, Stanley Park: A special place, published in 2007.
    "Stanley Park is important to British Columbians as a place of recreation
and respite, a cherished downtown green space in our largest city," says Anita
Willis, editor of British Columbia Magazine. "Creating the Stanley Park
special issue was our way of celebrating this incredible place by raising
awareness and raising money for the park."
    Susan Rybar, British Columbia Magazine's Publication Director, presented
the $10,000 cheque to Park Board members at their February 11 meeting. The
money will pay for new trees to be planted in the storm-damaged park.
    "British Columbia Magazine has created a lasting tribute to Stanley Park
with its special issue," says Vancouver Park Board chair Korina Houghton. "And
their generous commitment to our restoration work is a real public service to
the millions of people who enjoy this park."

    
    Stanley Park storm and restoration facts

    10,000    Approximate number of Stanley Park trees damaged in the
              December 2006 storm.
    40        Hectares of forest where blowdowns occurred - 10 percent of the
              400-hectare park.
    10,000+   Number of tree seedlings to be planted in the park in 2008.
    0.5 km    Kilometres of the 8.8-kilometre Seawall that sustained major
              storm damage.
    $500,000  Estimated cost to complete structural upgrades to the Seawall.
    

    About British Columbia Magazine

    British Columbia Magazine (www.bcmag.ca) is an award-winning geographic
and travel quarterly with a worldwide audience of readers. For nearly 50
years, it has showcased the province through its high-quality photography and
in-depth stories on independent travel and outdoor exploration, geography,
conservation, wilderness and wildlife, remarkable people, culture, science,
and history.

    About Stanley Park: A special place

    British Columbia Magazine's special issue on Stanley Park (May 2007,
$9.95, 66 pages) celebrates the park's timeless beauty with beautiful
photographs of gardens and forest areas; archival images and a historic
timeline; profiles of park wildlife and a colourful birdwatcher's checklist;
and a detailed two-page park map.

    To purchase Stanley Park: A special place, visit www.bcmag.ca/stanleypark
or e-mail orders@bcmag.ca

    To make a donation to the Stanley Park restoration fund, visit
www.city.vancouver.bc.ca/parks/parks/stanley/restoration/donations.htm




For further information:

For further information: Susan Rybar, Publication Director, British
Columbia Magazine, Tel: (604) 660-3702, E-mail: srybar@bcmag.ca, Website:
www.bcmag.ca

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