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Stewardship

ECOLOGICAL RESTORATION VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Pacific Spirit Regional Park covers 874 hectares of land, has 78 km of forested trails, and contains a number of rare native plants, such as Labrador tea and some of the few remaining old-growth trees in the Lower Mainland. However, the biodiversity of this rich ecosystem is currently threatened by the continued spread of invasive plants, especially English holly and English ivy. The rapid growth and maturity, high rate of seed production, and vigorous spread of these plants allows for dominance due to native species being unable to compete effectively for resources, and this may lead to a reduction in overall biodiversity, hybridization and genetic effects in local populations, damage to infrastructure, hydrologic impacts, and soil erosion in the future.

Eco Team (Holly Haul) – Saturdays 1:00-4:00

The Eco Team is great for volunteers who want to have a flexible schedule.  There is no minimum commitment, so it is perfect for volunteers who want to come out an try a new experience in Pacific Spirit Regional Park or buildup volunteer hours.  Volunteers under 13 year must be accompanied by an adult.  Eco Team Volunteers meet on Saturdays from 1:00-4:00 to remove invasive plants and plant native species. Interested? Simply sign up for an event on our Meet Up page or send an email to Krista at volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org.

Benefits:

  • Build up volunteer hours
  • Flexible commitment
  • Delicious snacks
  • Invite your friends

The PSPS Eco Team meets in the Pacific Spirit Regional Park to restore wildlife habitat and important ecosystems by removing invasive plants and planting native species in their place.  Planting usually takes place during fall and winter and focuses on removing a variety of invasive plants during the rest of the year.  There are several invasive plants that threaten native plant biodiversity and degrade wildlife habitat in the park, including:

Additional Information:

  • Register on Meet Up or email Krista at volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org if you are interested in volunteering
  • Certificates of hours are available upon request
  • References are available to volunteers who attend several events per year
  • Events may be cancelled due to heavy rain, snow, or high wind, please check your email or the PSPS Website on stormy days
  • We also arrange special work parties for schools, clubs and other groups.  If you would like to arrange a special stewardship session for your group, please contact Krista at volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org.

Camosun Bog Restoration Team – Saturdays 9:00-12:00

The Camosun Bog is a rare ecosystem in Pacific Spirit Regional Park and has it’s own restoration team.  The team of “Crazy Boggers” meet almost every week of the year!

Started in 1996, the Camosun Bog Restoration Group (affectionately known as the “Crazy Boggers”) has slowly worked on an ambitious (some would say crazy) plan; the restoration of Camosun Bog in Pacific Spirit Regional Park.

Since the 1920’s the Camosun Bog has been negatively impacted by urban development; in particular stormwater diversion and landfill dumping.  By the 1980’s the Camosun Bog had deteriorated to the point of just about disappearing. Working with the enthusiastic support of Metro Vancouver Parks management and the Pacific Spirit Park Society, a group of local nature lovers was formed to try to restore the bog to its original condition. Almost 20 years later they continue to maintain the bog and provide environmental education events to groups upon request.

If you are interested in learning more about the bog or would like to get involved, please email Gerry Mignault at gerrymignault@gmail.com.

To see the latest news visit the Camosun Blog or the Camosun Bog Facebook page.

Ivy League – One Saturday/month 10:00-12:00

English ivy is a non-native plant that has invaded the park.  It grows along the forest floor and up trees in the park. The Ivy League group tackles this invasive plant at their monthly work parties. New volunteers are always welcome!

English ivy grows vigorously and causes permanent displacement of native plant populations. Wildlife associated with native plants is also forced to relocate. If left unchecked, English ivy climbs and kills trees. In high wind conditions, trees laden with English ivy are more likely to fall or be damaged due to the additional weight of the ivy.

English ivy alters natural succession patterns. Over time, the ivy can kill an entire forest, leaving a dense blanket of ivy broken only sparsely by shrubs or trees. Volunteers help to remove and control the spread of ivy by using strength and determination when engaging in a tug-o’-war with the long and rambling ivy vines.

Additional Information:

  • Register on Meet Up or email Krista at volunteer@pacificspiritparksociety.org if you are interested in volunteering
  • Certificates of hours are available for students earning volunteer hours
  • References are available to volunteers who attend several events per year
  • Events may be cancelled due to heavy rain, snow, or high wind, please check your email or the PSPS Website on stormy days