Quamichan Lake Wetland Cleaned up – A Team Effort to Remove Many Invasive Species

(North Cowichan, BC) Over November 21 and 22, Municipal staff members, Shaun Chadburn, and Dr. Dave Preikshot joined Cowichan Estuary Nature Centre (CENC) representatives in educating local grade 5-7 students on ecology, planting techniques, and environmental stewardship. As a team, CENC, North Cowichan staff, and student volunteers worked to restore a Quamichan Lake wetland that lies between Shoreview Way and Westlock Road, in the Trumpeter Pointe neighbourhood.

This natural feature had become overrun with invasive species like Himalayan Blackberry, Giant Manna Grass, and Reed Canary Grass, resulting in unsightly habitat degradation and poor drainage for surrounding properties. Hundreds of invasive Himalayan Blackberry shoots were removed while many new trees were planted. North Cowichan supplied over 100 trees and shrubs for planting, including Big Leaf Maple, Oregon Grape, Snowberry, Indian Plum, and Ocean Spray.

“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.

Lots of neighbourhood residents dropped by during the event to ask about this work, and everyone was excited to see our youth learning about local ecosystems and working hard on environmental stewardship. This project is a continuation of planting work completed by the Municipality and local school groups in 2018. In the coming years, wetland restoration will be continued at upstream sites in the area and several other locations in the Municipality.

 

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For more information:         
Dr. David Preikshot
Senior Environmental Specialist, Engineering Dept.
250-746-3270
dave.preikshot@northcowichan.ca