Victoria, BC – Join up to spend an afternoon removing invasive Scotch broom at scenic Mill Hill Regional Park on Saturday, September 18 and/or 25 as part of the annual broom sweep. Be part of an enthusiastic group of volunteers helping to restore a valuable remnant Garry oak stand and recover populations of rare plants.
“This science-based and award-winning restoration project is in its ninth year and has garnered national recognition,” said CRD Parks and Community Services General Manager Lloyd Rushton. “It brings passionate community members together with Regional Parks’ staff under the common goal of preserving this important site.”
Volunteers from across the region participate in the annual Mill Hill Broom Sweep. Last year 168 volunteers joined in. In addition to invasive species removal, project activities include staff improving and realigning trails to encourage parks visitors to stay on designated trails and to address erosion. Also central to the project is scientific monitoring of rare plants and other vegetation, carried out by botanists, to document ecosystem responses to invasive species management and ensure that activities are on track.
Before the project started, seven rare plant species were known to occur at 32 sites in the park. Today, 13 rare species have been found at 164 sites. Thanks to the dedicated work of staff and volunteers, 3.6 metric tonnes of invasive shrubs were removed from the park’s meadows in 2009. To date, about 50 tonnes have been removed throughout the park.
The project is undertaken by CRD Regional Parks with financial support from the Government of Canada provided through the Department of the Environment.
Time: Saturday, September 18 and/or 25, 2010
Location: Mill Hill Regional Park, Langford
Details: Individuals and groups are welcome
To volunteer, please register online, on Facebook at Mill Hill Restoration or by calling 250.360.3338.
For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks