Our work in restoration has been, and will continue to be in collaboration and consultation with City of Nanaimo Parks, since the areas we are restoring are within Park areas. We also consult with and collaborate with several local organizations on Protection Island and interested Island residents.
We have been undertaking restoration of a local wetland beside our Community Garden. We call it Antler Swamp, after a deer antler that was embedded in a willow in the middle of the swamp some years ago and has been grown around by the tree. The swamp has been overgrown with invasive Himalayan blackberry, creeping buttercup, English ivy and daphne laurel around the edges, and we are removing these invasives and planting native wetland species: skunk cabbage, Canada mint, Pacific crabapple, highbush cranberry, Hooker’s willow, black cottonwood, wild ginger (Asarum caudatum) and springbank clover (Trifolium wormskioldii), among others. There are already many beautiful native species growing there: salmonberry, thimbleberry, Nootka rose, cascara, Pacific willow, red-osier dogwood, slough sedge and water-parsley. Beside Antler swamp and behind the Community Garden is a small wildflower meadow we are creating with native camas, sea blush, chocolate lily, white fawn lily, Clarkia, shootingstar and other species; we will be weeding this area of invasives. In another part of Smuggler’s park, near the ocean, is a garry oak savannah with a number of key wildflower species (blue camas, western buttercup, fawn lily, harvest brodiaea, seablush), and we have been removing orchard grass and cheat grass, Lamium, English ivy, English hawthorn, and other invasives, cutting back some of the waxberry thicket to open on the camas habitat, planting native grasses (California oat grass, Roemer’s fescue, and others), and planting young garry oaks, to restore the original (and quite restricted) garry oak meadow ecosystem. So, the primary focus of our event(s) will be invasive species removal and revegetation of special habitats including wetland and garry oak meadow/camas habitat. We will also collect seed from some of the earlier flowering species in this sites for scatter and re-seeding. And we will be available to island residents during these days to do native plant identification, and to talk about restoration, and the fact that this is the Decade of Ecological Restoration.
Primary Activity: Invasive species treatment
Accessibility: Easy walk
Organizer: *Nancy J. Turner and Barry Elmer (Website)
Partners: Protection Island Restoration group (an informal group of PI residents) - the action group, with: City of Nanaimo Parks, Recreation and Culture; Protection Island Lions Club; and Protection Island Neighbourhood Association (supporters)
Our volunteers will mostly have been vaccinated by this time, but we will keep 2 meter-+ distancing, and wear regulation masks for any closer contact. Anyone with fever, coughs or other symptoms that could potentially indicate covid infection would be asked not to participate.
Registration & Contact Info
Registration: email or personal contact for Protection Island residents
Name: Nancy Turner and Barry Elmer
City: Nanaimo, BC
Date & Time
June 6, 2021 @ 10:00 am
LocationLocation: Adjacent to Protection Island Community Garden and ocean-side of Smugglers’ Park
Region: North America