If you regularly visit the Stoney Creek Environment Committee (SCEC) site you will know about the planting project next week, listed in SCEC events in the left hand column

Cottonwood Restoration Project
Cottonwood Park, Government Road
Burnaby. September 25, 2011
10am – 1pm

Today (Saturday, Sept 17, 2011) Christine and Gail lead a working group at Cottonwood Park for final preparations.

There has been many many weekend SCEC invasive clearings, pulling out beds of ivy. Some of the vines get as thick as 4 inches thick.

English Ivy strangles out healthy local plants. The ivy ends up strangling and killing full grown trees in the worst cases.

This summer, SCEC has been helped by groups including Polycon and the Lions Club.
In fact volunteers have gone into this area, over the years, to remove ivy. Without other plants filling the area, the ivy returns.

This year, in an effort to restore a balance, SCEC has taken on a project to replant with native plants and trees in ivy-cleared areas. The native plants create a lushness in which the ivy is less likely to take root. The healthy understory is an important sustaining part of stream support. The City of Burnaby Parks Board, in support our program, has purchased a diverse group of plants, including 50 western redcedar (Thuja plicata, 10 Sitka spruce (Picea stichensis) and smaller plants like Oregon Grape (Mahonia aqufolium), salal (Gaultheria shallon), red flowering currant (Ribes sanguineum) and others.
See below for a full list

This is a great event to learn about the Stoney Creek Ecosystem and the natural habitat that is crucial to a balanced creek system.
It will be a labour intensive but rewarding experience.
A labour of love.

Thanks for reading! I hope to see you there!
UNES (SCEC-Member-at-Large)