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Removing invasive plants at Blackie Spit Park

A dedicated eco-conscious team of “green” volunteers gathered to clean up the shoreline at Blackie Spit Park in the Metro Vancouver community of South Surrey on Sunday. Dressed in appropriate waterproof clothing and footwear along with gloves, tools and binoculars, the keen group took to the Boundary Bay shore, inspite of the stormy rainy day.

Environmentalists cleaning up a South Surrey park
B. Yaworski

Alison Prentice, Habitat Restoration Coordinator with Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society, says the goal of this activity was: “to remove invasive broom plants that out compete with native plants. Native plants are then planted in the fall in this important shoreline bird habitat.”

The event was hosted by Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society and the Lower Mainland Green Team. The Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society works as environmental stewards in conservation, education and restoration in Boundary Bay

According to the Invasive Plants of Southwestern B.C. website invasive plants are considered those that are “exotic, alien, or noxious. They compete with native species for available light, moisture and nutrients, especially on disturbed sites.”

Broom or Scotch Broom as it is known can be deceiving for it's bright yellow Spring flowers, but it can do considerable habitat damage.

To get involved in future environmental projects, contact the Lower Mainland Green Team website or the Friends of Semiahmoo Bay Society.

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