Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District (CRD) is recruiting volunteers for its annual Mill Hill Regional Park Broom Sweep. This long term restoration project brings dedicated community volunteers together with CRD Regional Parks staff under the common goal of restoring threatened Garry oak ecosystems and recovering rare and endangered plants while removing invasive species.
“With one of the highest concentrations of plants at risk in the province, Mill Hill Regional Park is a treasure worth protecting,” said Mike Walton, Senior Manager of CRD Regional Parks. “The park includes about 20 hectares of valuable remnant Garry oak stands.”
When: Saturday, October 4 and Saturday, October 18, 2014
Shifts: Full day shifts (9:30am-4pm) and half day shifts (9:30am-1pm; 1-4pm)
Where: Mill Hill Regional Park, 490 Atkins Avenue, Langford
Who: Reasonably fit individuals and groups are welcome.
Register: Join online at crd.bc.ca/project/mill-hill-oak-restoration or phone 250.360.3329
Thanks to the dedicated work of staff and 130+ volunteers, approximately 2 metric tonnes of invasive shrubs were removed from the park's meadows in 2013. Volunteers include a core group of return volunteers, neighbours, and local groups.
“We are seeing results,” said Walton. “Before the project started, seven rare plant species were known to occur at 32 sites in the park. 13 rare species have now been found at about 200 sites. There are more native species where Scotch Broom has been removed compared to other areas.”
The plant material removed from Mill Hill is used as a fuel for energy production. It is sent to a commercial facility where the material is mulched into hog fuel, mixed with other waste wood and shipped to biogas energy plants around the island, including greenhouses and pulp mills.
For more information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks