The PSPS EcoTEAM is launching a new restoration project!
HISTORY: The Acadia Forest has a long history of disruption. In 1930 and then again in 1951, the Acadia Forest on either side of Chancellor Boulevard was cleared to make way for development. Thanks to a very dedicated group of citizens, the construction project did not go through and in 1989, much of the UBC Endowment lands became a regional park.
PROBLEM #1: Deciduous trees, including Black Cottonwood, Red Alder and Big-leaf Maple quickly established in the cleared site following the clearing. However, the conifer seed source was removed during clearing, creating an unnatural growth pattern in the area. Deciduous trees usually start to die after 60-80 years, just as the conifer trees start to take over. With only a hand full of conifers, the Acadia Forest is missing the next generation of trees!
PROBLEM #2: Disturbed sites often are perfect areas of invasive plants to spread quickly and the Acadia Forest is no exception. The area is covered with invasive English Holly, as well as Himalayan Blackberry, English Ivy and English Laurel.
RESTORATION: Over the summer the PSPS EcoTEAM will be removing the invasive plants. Then, to encourage the natural forest succession and to outcompete the invasive plants as they return, we will be planting conifer trees and shrubs in fall.
SUPPORT: This project would not be possible without the support of:
- Pacific Parklands Foundation
- Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
- Vancouver Park Board
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