Gaining Ground from Reed Canary Grass along Mallard Creek
Willow stakes for out shading reed canary grass – Dan Bowen
Volunteers mulching beside Mallard Creek
Twenty-one Project Watershed volunteers, including three students from the Isfeld Environment Club, and five AECON volunteers participated in harvesting, planting, and mulching nearly 1000 willow stakes along 150 meters of the creek. These plantings will shade out invasive reed canary grass as they grow, and will contribute to riparian zone enhancement, improving habitat conditions for salmon, birds, small mammals and amphibians.
The group was so productive we now have enough willow stakes harvested to plant another stretch of the creek of about the same length. We will be organizing another planting day sometime this winter or early next spring, so keep your eyes peeled!
More on Reed Canary Grass
Invasive reed canary grass in Mallard Creek – Dan Bowen
Christmas is coming and this year visits with relatives, friends and family are being discouraged. In these social distancing times sending a beautiful card will show you care and support our local environment.
A three tiered fundraiser that includes a 50/50 raffle, online auction, and reverse telethon to raise funds to protect and restore Kus-kus-sum.
On Saturday, September 26, forty volunteers pitched in to collect garbage at Kus-kus-sum and Hollyhock Flats as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup. The photos and short video captured from the day illustrate just how industrious it was.
Project Watershed has raised over $2.9 million for Kus-kus-sum and they are closer than ever to acquiring and restoring the site to natural habitat for fish & wildlife, climate change mitigation, reconciliation and community health.
Project Watershed needs volunteers to help us harvest willow cuttings, and then plant them alongside sections of Mallard Creek.
Deanne McRae and Mackenzie Gartside have started something new in downtown Courtenay – The Uplifters Shop. Unlike a normal for profit retail store, most of the items they sell have some kind of charity kickback. In this way the store “lifts up” a variety of charities both local and abroad. One project they are supporting is Project Watershed’s Kus-kus-sum initiative.
Christopher Smith of Glaskrafter Art Glass is generously donating the proceeds from a selection of his beautiful kiln cast glass salmon sculptures to the Kus-kus-sum project. In fact, he has already donated $1,600 to Kus-kus-sum for a sculpture bought in August.
We were finally able to hold the Paintings, By The Numbers event on Sept 12, 2020. The event raised over $25,000 for Kus-kus-sum and despite the fact that it was very different than we had planned preCOVID, it turned out to be a success.