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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Holly hauling and a few guest visitors!

The morning rain brought out lots of wildlife in Pacific Spirit Regional Park this Saturday! We saw a few salamanders and, of course, banana slugs.  The forest was also filled with the sounds of the Swainston Thrush and many other breeding birds.  

With this beautiful scene as the backdrop, we hauled 14 bags of English Holly out of the forest to make room for the Salmon and Elderberry plants to grow. Yay, more berries for the birds and more habitat for the salamanders and, of course, the lowly slugs.  

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Rained Out – May 28th

Hello PSPS Volunteers,

Just a note that the:

  • Invasive Plant Mapping 9:00-12:00
  • Camosun Boggers 9:00-12:00
  • Invasive Plant Removal 1:00-4:00

will ALL be CANCELLED today due to lousy weather.

I hope to see you next week!

Krista

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Two Minute Video Break – Learn Something New about Invasive Plants!

Take a minute to check out this video on why invasive plants threaten the environment.  You can also learn why English Holly is a particular threat in Pacific Spirit Regional Park by watching another short video.

Thanks for all your support keeping the park healthy!  We could not do it without you!

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Invasive Plant Removal – Saturdays

Help us protect the native plant biodiversity in Pacific Spirit Regional Park by removing the fast growing invasive plants!

Gloves, tools, snacks and refreshments will all be provided, so please just wear sturdy footwear, dress appropriately for the weather and be ready to work hard and have fun!

When do we meet: Most Saturdays from 1:00-4:00

Where do we meet: We tackle invasive plants throughout the park – an email is send out weekly with the location

What will we be doing: Removing invasive plants, including Holly, Ivy, Himalayan Blackberry and more!

How to sign up: Email us at volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org or find us on our MeetUp page.

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Invasive Species Mapping in Pacific Spirit

Metro Vancouver has been mapping invasive species in Pacific Spirit Park. Mapping is used to understand the extent of the  invasive species problem, so that we can best use the resources we have to manage them. Unfortunately, there is a large amount of invasives that have moved into the park and English holly is the most abundant species. One local resident explained the source as “people dumping [yard waste] here for at least 30 years”. During about 100 hours of field work, an area of 45ha was mapped and a total about 17% (7.76ha) of the forest area surveyed was covered in invasive species. The figure (attached) shows the proportion of each species found in this area.

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