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.
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.
Welcome to our first Technician Tuesday!
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.