Invasive Plant Information

Photo credit: Larry Reid

Monthly Invasive Plant Removal Events

We have removed ivy, laurel, blackberry, knotweed and other invasive plants from the riparian zones of Malcolm Creek in the past year. In November 2020 we started to work on the riparian areas of Robert Creek near the Lower Road bridge and in the spring of 2021 we added Chapman Creek to our list!

Roberts Creek Riparian Zone

We host an invasive plant removal event on the last Saturday of every month in Roberts Creek. We plan to be at a new location in March. We will be meeting at the bridge beside the mandala/pier. You will find us if you walk over to the bridge on Roberts Creek Rd.

June 19, 2021 Chapman Creek, Sechelt BC

Chapman Creek Riparian Zone

We meet on the 2nd Saturday of every month at Brookman Park, beside Chapman Creek to remove the ivy from the riparian zone. If you would like to join us, please meet us in the parking lot on the west side of the Hwy 101 bridge as you come into Davis Bay.

June 19, 2021 Chapman Creek, Sechelt BC

Charmin Creek Riparian Zone

We have a keen group of volunteers that have started working on the Charman Creek riparian zone in Gibsons. We will hosting events in the coming months to remove invasive plants from the creek area and to restore the riparian zone starting at the estuary. If you would like to join us, please send an email to scstreamkeepers@gmail.com

We are fortunate that we have been awarded 2 grants of $450.00 from Pacific Salmon Foundation and a grant from SCRD for $1,200.00 to purchase native plants to rehabilitate the riparian zones where we remove the invasive plants. We are grateful to Pacific Salmon Foundation and SCRD for there support as we work to restore salmon habitat!

Invasive english ivy pulled at monthly event. Photo Credit: SCSS

Monthly Invasive Plant Removal Events

Here’s a quick overview of our upcoming events:

LocationDetailsNext EventFacebook Event
Roberts Creek at the estuaryLast Saturday of every month. March 26, 2022 @ 11 am – 1 pmEvent details
CHAPMAN CREEK (Brookman Park)Second Saturday of every monthApril 9, 2022  @ 11 am – 1 pm

For more information, visit our Upcoming Events page.

If you have any questions, please send an email to scstreamkeepers@gmail.com

Roberts Creek Estuary Photo Credit Shirley Samples

HUGE thank you to the Town of Sechelt Parks Dept for picking up our big pile of ivy and other invasive plants and taking it all to the Green Waste Depot! This really helps!

Truck load of invasive plants pulled by keen volunteers Photo Credit Shirley Samples
Loading up the truck with laurel branches at Roberts Creek Photo Credit Shirley Samples
Planting a salmonberry bush in Roberts Creek riparian zone. September 25, 2021
Replacing the invasive plants with native plants to rehabilitate the banks of Roberts Creek. September 25, 2021

 

Sunshine Coast Streamkeeper Society Knotweed Removal Protocol

Please see article below for more information on the Henderson Beach (Roberts Creek, BC) project.

Although SCSS are not officially removing knotweed. The following is a recommended alternative to remove knotweed without chemicals. As our primary goal is to protect wild salmon and their habitat, we are totally against Round Up or any product that contains the herbicide glyphosate as the high possibility of it entering the water system on the Sunshine Coast.

Alternate Knotweed Removal Protocol

Equipment Needed:

Large plastic bag, either black or clear

Sharp clippers

  1. Cut each stalk of knotweed at ground. Try not to disturb the roots.
  2. Carefully put the cut stalk into plastic bag (making sure not to drop any piece.) Each stalk has many nodes that are very prolific and spread easily.
  3. It is helpful to put some kind of marker where each stalk was removed, we use a piece of coloured tape inserted by a nail into ground. This will help to identify the correct spot when returning.
  4. The cut stalk will start to grow again, it is important to continue to cut these small shoots every 2 weeks. Each time the sprouts are cut, make sure to add to a plastic bag.
  5. Put the plastic bag in a sunny place so that it dies and eventually dries out. At the end of season, it is important to burn the dried remains of these cut stalks. They should never be put in a public green waste collection site.
  6. The growing season of knotweed is May until October.
  7. It can take multiple years to totally eradicate the knotweed stand without harmful chemicals. Chemical spray can also take multiple applications and often does not totally eradicate the knotweed. The pilot project at Henderson Beach in Roberts Creek shows it can definitely be done without chemicals.

https://www.phlorum.com/services/japanese-knotweed/domestic-knotweed-removal/knotweed-identification/