Get ready to yank some broom on Wednesday

The Nature Conservancy of Canada in partnership with BC Parks is inviting all community members Wednesday, March 26 to to help make a clean sweep of the Scotch Broom at the Somenos Garry Oak Protected Area.  

This gratifying and muscle building work is undertaken annually ensuring that the wildflower meadows are kept open and in good condition for the rare and not so rare species that require this unique habitat.   

Adjacent to beautiful Somenos Marsh, the present-day Somenos Garry oak meadows are part of what was an extensive mosaic of meadow and oak woodlands mixed with the occasional large open grown Douglas Fir. Fire, which was used by Cowichan First Nations, kept the meadows in top shape for millennia allowing for some of richest most diverse grassland habitats within B.C. to flourish.

The guest speaker will be Elizabeth Bailey, program coordinator for the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society.  

She will be providing an overview of the latest news and happenings regarding the wetland and lake complex. In addition, Bailey, along with a special NCC eco-restoration squad, will be there to share their insights and experiences in Garry oak ecosystems restoration which they have been active in for the past few months.

The event runs from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants should meet at the end of York Road off of Trillium Terrace (accessed from Lakes Road).    

Please remember to dress for the weather; the event will take place rain or shine. Bring gloves if you have them; if you need a pair there will be some on hand.

Coffee and hot chocolate will be supplied.

For more information call Irvin Banman at 250-748-7124.