Cobble Hill wildlife sanctuary gets wetland rehabilitation

Marsh rehabilitation is happening in one of Cowichan's hidden ecological gems.

The local non-profit Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society rehabilitated part of an overgrown, eight-acre marsh in its Bird & Wildlife Sanctuary on Manley Farm in Cobble Hill last weekend, NWPS' Kristine Krynitzki's release states.

NWPS cheered $10,000 toward rehab from Shell's Fuelling Change competition, plus help from valley contractor Ken Motherwell.

Carlo Acuna, a BCIT ecological restoration student, volunteered to help guide the project.

Established in 1987, NWPS is a registered charity helping preserve North America's wildlife and wildlife habitat.

That habitat offers environmental education programs to B.C. children.

Cowichan kids can help pull Manley's invasive species, and fix the wetland, through the NWPS.

In 2010, it completed title transfer of the 240 acres from the estate of Mrs. C.P. Granfield.

"As stewards, NWPS is ensuring the farmed acreage is worked in an environmentally sustainable manner, and wild spaces are protected to the greatest extent possible to serve as a bird and wildlife sanctuary," Krynitzki says.

The goal is to rehabilitate the whole marsh, provide improved nesting and feeding habitats for its myriad of water fowl, birds and other animals — and do plant and animal inventory.

For donating, working and touring, call 604-568-4907, or 778-967-3379.

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