Invasive Plant Information/Events

 

Roberts Creek Estuary Photo Credit Shirley Samples

Roberts Creek Estuary Photo Credit Shirley Samples

Monthly Invasive Plant Removal Every Month at 2 locations starting May 2021

ROBERTS CREEK  is held on the last Saturday of the  month.  Next event: November 27, 2021 @ 11 am

https://www.facebook.com/events/571069044178216

CHAPMAN CREEK (Brookman Park) is held on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Next event: November 13, 2021 @ 11 am – 1 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/163214349264077

We have removed ivy, laurel, blackberry, knotweed and other invasive plants from the riparian zones of the 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!

For information on invasive plant removal please contact us at scstreamkeepers@gmail.com with any questions. 

Please join us! 

Chapman Creek Inv Removal May 8th PC Kelly

Chapman Creek Ivy Removal @ Chapman Creek (Brookman Park) on May 8, 2021                        Photo Credit: Kelly Paddock                                                                                                                                           

 

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

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/

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