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Ecological Restoration – Planting Time

HAPPY FALL PLANTING!

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Fall is a busy time around the Park, as Metro Vancouver Regional Parks and the Pacific Spirit Park Society plant trees in recently cleared areas.  Most of the year the PSPS Eco Team works on removing invasive species from ecologically sensitive or heavily impacted sites.  However, it is especially important to replant native species in large areas that have been cleared of invasive plants, in order to:

  • increase native plant biodiversity,
  • re-introduce native plant seed sources,
  • out-compete or shade returning invasive plants,
  • decrease erosion and
  • improve wildlife habitat

Last weekend we had over 150 volunteers help plant nearly 1,000 trees along Salish Trail, near SW Marine Drive.  Over the next few weeks we will continue planting another 3,500 native trees and shrubs on the site.  If you are interested in joining in the fun, please email Krista at volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org or find one of events on MeetUp.

October Eco Blitz Restoration

The Eco Team will be working hard over the next few weeks to prepare the 2016 Pacific Spirit Regional Park Eco Blitz site for planting.  Once covered in invasive Scotch Broom and Himalayan Blackberry, this site will soon become a lovely native forest with lots of plant diversity with a little help from you.

Scotch broom may be pretty, but it quickly becomes the only plant in sight.  Plant diversity is very important in ecosystems because it provides a variety of wildlife with habitat and a source of food.

Plus, Scotch broom is invasive.  That means that it is not native to BC, spreads very fast and does not have natural ecological competitors, such as insects and other plants that can help stop this plant in it’s tracks.

That is why we need you to help us finish removing the scotch broom on October 8th and 15th.

Then, on October 22nd and 29th the Eco Team will be planting 1000’s of trees to help out-complete the scotch broom and provide a home and food to lots of birds and forest animals again.

Find out more or sign up on our Events Calendar or on Meet Up.

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September Eco Team Restoration Site

BIG CHANGES

for Better Wildlife Habitat

img_4383If you visit Pacific Spirit Regional Park at Crown and West 22nd Avenue you might notice some big changes.  Over the past month, a excavator and many dedicated volunteers with Metro Vancouver Regional Parks Ecological Restoration Team and Pacific Spirit Park Society Eco Team have worked hard to remove tonnes of Himalayan Blackberry and plant 500 native trees.

At the beginning of September the site was completely covered with 6 feet high Himalayan Blackberry thickets.  This invasive plant not only out competes native trees and shrubs, but creates an ideal environment for hidden dumped garbage and rats.

After the excavator removed the Himalayan Blackberry foliage, the PSPS Eco Team spent several weeks hand digging the extensive roots.  An enthusiastic and hard working grade 7 class from Immaculate Conception School, as well as staff from the Doctors of BC, also come out to remove roots and plant native trees.

Last Saturday, Metro Vancouver Ecological Restoration Team and PSPS Eco Team had over 75 volunteers attend the big planting event to plant the rest of the 500 native trees.  The Vancouver Park Board brought in a variety of species, including Douglas Fir, Western Red Cedar, Cascara, Vine Maple, Big Leaf Maple and Pacific Crabapple. Together, we have create a big change that will improve native plant biodiversity, increase habitat for birds and wildlife and grow into a beautiful forest for park users to enjoy for generations.

Thank you all for helping to improve our park, one invasive patch at a time!

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Welcome Back!

Hello to all of you who have been away this summer and to those of you who have are finding PSPS for the first time!

We have an exciting fall ahead of us with several wildlife habitat restoration projects, invasive plant mapping, water quality monitoring and nature education programming!

If you are curious to learn more about our programming and restoration projects, stop by our booth at the Wesbrook Village Festival or join in the environmental stewardship fun with the PSPS Eco Team this Saturday.

We hope to see you soon!

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