Congratulations to the Appleby Family in Abbotsford on winning the Kid’s Book Gift Card!
Contest Question: What is your favourite thing to do in Pacific Spirit Regional Park?
Their Answer: “Exploring and trying to find Star Wars land.” They are pretty sure there is a secret portal somewhere in BC!
HAPPY FALL PLANTING!
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 email@example.com or find one of events on MeetUp.
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.
Join PSPS, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks and the Vancouver Park Board increase wildlife habitat by planting native trees in Pacific Spirit Regional Park this Saturday from 11:00-3:00. Come by for an hour or stay the whole time. We will have gloves, tools and lots of great snacks!
We hope to see you there!
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!
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!
What are your favourite things to do in
Pacific Spirit Regional Park?
CALLING ALL KIDS:
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
Send your answer to the question above to Krista at volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety by October 15th, 2016 for a chance to win a Kid’s Books gift card.