(Pat Bay Highway at Keating Cross Road/Google Maps)

The Adopt A Highway program is open to submissions again after being paused in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

On Wednesday, the province announced it will be accepting applications to once again support the care of BC’s scenic roadways.

Volunteer groups can apply to “adopt” a minimum two-kilometre stretch of highway for two years.

The program is designed for groups and individuals to upkeep their adopted kilometres by performing litter removal (collected by the ministry’s maintenance contractors), landscaping, and reporting invasive species found along the roadway.

Training and safety equipment is provided by the ministry, including vests, signage and safety checklists.

The ministry said groups average a cleanup of four times a year, and can have their organization’s name posted on a sign along their stretch of highway.

The program accepts applications year round and is often a proactive opportunity for community service for youth and adults.

The ‘Adopt A Highway’ program was first launched in 2003.

In 2019, more than 80 groups and nearly 900 individuals had adopted 150 kilometres of roadway.

Apply to become a part of the program by emailing here.

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