Technician Report – Tuesday, December 7th
Volunteer Team ~ By Z. Cilliers
Earlier in the fall, the technician team removed thickets of Himalayan blackberry and set up fenced areas for new plantings along Glen Urquhart Creek. These fences will provide protection from deer and other browsers. Once the plants are well established and grow above browsing height, the fencing will be removed.
Volunteer groups have been bringing native plants into the site, planting them in the fenced areas, and mulching them for the winter. These conifers, deciduous trees, and shrubs will prevent the blackberry from regrowing and provide diverse habitat resources for wildlife. Plants were surrounded with two layers of mulch: a geotech style paper mulch, then wood mulch on top. The thick geotech paper will prevent weeds and invasives from taking root, which would compete with the plants for space and nutrients. The layer of wood mulch helps insulate the plants for winter, and in the summer will help with water retention. Over time, both of these mulch layers will biodegrade, providing the plants with nutrients.
Are you interested in joining future planting events? Follow our Facebook page for event announcements and sign ups, or click the link below.
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.
Earthworks Continue at Kus-kus-sum
While the Kus-kus-sum site is already beginning to come into its own, there is still much work to be done. Just over one third of the area was recontoured and planted last year in 2022. Project Watershed aims to recontour and replant the remainder of the site this summer and fall, if funding allows. The key works you will see on site this year include recontouring and regrading, habitat complexing, and native species planting.
Kus-kus-sum Restoration Overview
The restoration will occur in 3 phases. Click below to read more about each phase and scroll down to see a visual representation of the site features found on the restored Kus-kus-sum site. During Phase...
Forage Fish Map
Project Watershed has been surveying beaches for the presence of forage fish and forage fish eggs. The location of the beaches we surveyed last season are shown below. You can hover over each location to see if eggs were found.
Forage Fish Spring Forum April 26
Announcing the 2023 Virtual BC Forage Fish Monitoring Network Spring Forum! This event is an opportunity for all those interested in the conservation of forage fish in British Columbia to come together and learn about the latest research and updates.
The Importance of Estuarine Environments for Pacific Salmon
Fish monitoring at Hollyhock flats will be starting this summer! We’ve summarized a scientific article explaining what kinds of habitat are important to salmonids.
Kus-kus-sum Site History
A short history of the Kus-kus-sum site from pre-European contact to the present day.