Technician Report – Tuesday, Sept 7th
The environmental technician team has been hard at work removing invasive species from riparian zones. Over the last few months, we have targeted Scotch broom, European nightshade, Himalayan blackberry, morning glory, reed canary grass, and Himalayan balsam. These plants have been removed en masse due to their negative effects on the ecosystem. Invasive plants outcompete native species, decrease overall biodiversity and ecosystem resources, as well as stress fish bearing waterways.
Removing invasive plants is just one step in the process. Our team has replanted these areas with a diverse range of native species. Trees like red elderberry will increase habitat and food resources for birds while thimbleberry helps stabilize stream banks. We have also planted conifers, currants, and Oregon grape to increase plant biodiversity. With maintenance, these plants should outgrow the invasives and create a thriving ecosystem for fish, birds, and other wildlife.
With the help of the Healthy Watersheds Initiative funding Project Watershed has hired environmental technicians to assist with our projects over the summer and early fall. The Healthy Watersheds Initiative is delivered by the Real Estate Foundation of BC and Watersheds BC, with financial support from the Province of British Columbia as part of its $10-billion COVID-19 response. Jamie Lund, one of these technicians, will be posting a brief report every Tuesday to update the Project Watershed community on what they have been up to.
Wow 40 plus amazing, citizen scientists supported the forage fish project this season. They covered almost 30 beaches between Hornby Island, the Comox Valley, Campbell River, and Cortes Island.
Below is an interactive timeline of the events regarding the gensis of Project Watershed's Kus-kus-sum Project. Hover over each salmon icon to learn more about what happened that year.Related Posts
We got a first look at how a restored Kus-kus-sum will operate during storms and king tides this winter. It was exciting to see the high tides move over the steel wall and inundate the site.
Approximately 4,000 native plants were planted at the Kus-kus-sum site over six days this October! THANK YOU to the 160 volunteers who contributed to planting, mulching and watering during this time – we would not have been able to accomplish this without you.