Ecologist and Field Consultant:
Chris completes fieldwork on the Conservancy’s nature reserves — trail building and maintenance, signage and fencing installation, planting, invasive plants removal, and so on. Coast Alive Recreational and Ecological Services has been completing contracts in environmental stewardship on Salt Spring since 2006. Started by Chris Drake, an ecologist who grew up on the we(s)t coast, Coast Alive Services specializes in invasive plant control, wildlife habitat enhancement, ecosystem restoration, and trail creation and maintenance. Coast Alive Services also works to create a minimal footprint, both locally and globally, by using an e-bike and trailer whenever possible, sourcing materials from the island, and avoiding gasoline tools.