Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Working with the K’ómoks Nation towards Q’waq’wala7owkw on their unceded territory.

Technician Report – Tuesday, November 9th

Sedge Plant ~ By J. Lund

Happy Technician Tuesday! Our team recently checked on the Lyngbye's Sedge (Carex lyngbyei) planting in Hollyhock Flats and we’re happy to report that they are growing well.

This time of year the sedge plants get less vibrant and covered in algae, but they are still green and healthy. Because we planted the sedge in rows, we could clearly see that no plants have perished yet this year.

While checking on the sedge, our team noticed some of the fencing had come loose at the site. The fence was repaired and reinforced. Keeping this fencing operational is important to prevent browsing from geese. So far, it is working well as no signs of grazing were seen on the plantings.

On the bank, our grass planting is being encroached upon by reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea). Although much of the reed canary grass was pulled earlier in the year, fragments of the root system called rhizomes can break off in the soil and regrow the plants. A team will be heading back to continue reed canary grass removal at this site in the future.

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.  

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