Restoring the Quamichan Lake wetland between Shoreview Way and Westlock Road in the Trumper Pointe neighbourhood was the name of the game, when North Cowichan staffers joined Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre representatives and Grade 5 to 7 students on Nov. 21 and 22.
Municipal staff members Shaun Chadburn and Dr. Dave Preikshot worked with the nature centre folks to teach the students about ecology, planting techniques and overall environmental stewardship on what turned out to be a successful endeavour that saw more than 100 trees and shrubs planted in the area and hundreds of invasive Himalayan Blackberry shoots removed.
“This project is an excellent example of our staff working with local students, giving them a hands-on learning experience, while having a positive impact on our community and environment. While this is only one of many restoration projects, I look forward to seeing the result of increased environmental responsibility and stewardship,” said Mayor Al Siebring.
Also pulled were Giant Manna Grass and Reed Canary Grass and they were replaced with the likes of Big Leaf Maple, Oregon Grape, Snowberry, Indian Plum, and Ocean Spray.
The project stems from a similar partnership between the municipality and local school groups last year.
In the coming years, wetland restoration will be continued at upstream sites in the area and several other locations in North Cowichan.