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.
Come out and participate in this special Clean-up effort as part of the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup on September 25 and 26th, 2021.
Thanks to the dedicated work of our contractors, Copcan Civil Ltd., the majority of the concrete on the Kus-kus-sum site has been removed, and piled and crushed.
In July, our technician team ventured into Hollyhock Flats to conduct a plant survey. The goal was to understand the current plant community structures throughout the saltmarsh. This data can be used for restoration efforts at Kus-kus-sum. We also learned about invasive plant presence and range within Hollyhock for future removal efforts.
The family of Micah Messent would like to announce their support of the Kus-kus-sum restoration project, and Project Watershed, through the creation of the Micah Messent Legacy Fund. The fund will support the restoration of Kus-kus-sum and Project Watershed’s work to further Micah’s legacy within and beyond the Comox Valley.
Join Project Watershed for our 2021 Keeping It Living Dinner at 40 KNOTS to celebrate environmental restoration and research in the Comox Valley.
We are now over a month into removing the hard surface at Kus-kus-sum and we are on schedule to complete the process by the end of summer.