Technician Report – Tuesday, Sept 14
The survey was prepared by laying out transects in Avenza maps. Following these lines the technician team placed quadrats every 5 meters. Plant species and their percent cover were recorded within the 1 meter squared quadrats. We were able to see the transition from upland plants, to saltmarsh, to intertidal plant communities.
Salt marsh plant communities are unique ecosystems with culturally significant species. Small camas and rice root were found within Hollyhock Flats. Historically, these plants were utilized by coastal First Nations and often cultivated in estuary gardens. Invasive species like reed canary grass spread quickly and can reduce the distribution of these important plants.
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.