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 Tuesday Report – Camas Monitoring and Invasive Plant Management – July 19

Preparing to mulch in the upper end of Glen Urqhuart Creek   ~ By C. Tipton

After mulching in the upper end of Glen Urqhuart Creek   ~ By C. Tipton

Common Camas (Camassia quamash) ~ By K. Kaptein

Technician Tuesday is starting again! Each Tuesday through July and August, we will post a short write-up outlining what our two field technicians have been up to.

This week, Cain and Renée spent some time at the Glen Urquhart site and a short morning at Hollyhock flats beside Kus-kus-sum. There, they inspected the camas (Camassia sp.) to determine if the plants would be seeding soon. Once ready, 10% of the seeds will be collected for planting in case the current population does not survive. The camas was not ready however so they will return to Hollyhock flats at a later date.  

At the Glen Urquhart site, weeding and mulching along the creek was the main activity for the week. This is to prevent further growth of invasive plants, namely, reed canary grass (Phalaris arundinacea). These areas had been planted with native vegetation the previous year and mulch was added to prevent unwanted grasses and weeds from outgrowing and out-shading the new seedlings. Invasive species are experts at growing in difficult environments however and found a way to sprout through. The techs need to stay on top of invasive plant management to ensure the native plants have room to grow and access to sunlight as the goal is to have them grow to maturity and reclaim the area.

Slough sedge (Carex obnupta) was found in one location of the site. Slough sedge is a native wetland grass species that provides erosion control and streambank stabilization by holding the soil together with its root systems. Because we want this important native species to thrive, the reed canary grass had to be hand pulled by Cain and Renée as broad-spectrum mulch application would also kill the slough sedge.  

On Friday, the techs were joined by two volunteers to help with the continued plant management. It’s always great to have a few extra hands for weeding, and new introductions and conversation made the afternoon very enjoyable.  

It was a great week in the field with maybe a few too many woodchips in their boots but beautiful sunny days and opportunities to learn new skills made for an excellent shift.  

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