The Columbia Shuswap Invasive Species Society is leading a multi-year project to restore an area of Blanket Creek Provincial Park that has been impacted by invasive plants, such as knapweed species. Blanket Creek Provincial Park is an area with important conservation values such as Kokanee spawning habitat and winter ungulate range. The park also contains mature second growth stands of western hemlock and western cedar and is located within the traditional territories of the Okanagan and Secwépemc First Nations.
Through the removal and/or displacement of invasive plant species of concern, and the re-establishment of native species, the project aims to encourage natural regeneration of local habitats and promote a resilient native plant assemblage for the future. Shearing Environmental Consultants Ltd provided expertise to help plan restoration and choose indigenous vegetation to support the natural ecosystem. In fall of 2020, restoration efforts included the planting of 65 shrubs and trees and 100 cottonwood stakes. Top soil was also added to an area where native seeds were planted. We are thrilled with the incredible efforts of volunteers and can’t wait to continue this initiative next spring! This project was undertaken with the financial support of Environment and Climate Change Canada.
Watch the video by the CSISS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LZukobTGS3g&t=30s