Wylie Thomas, Oak Bay Parks & FOUP Steering Committee Member, sends the following:
The picture below shows the most recent truckload of ivy and daphne removed from Cattle Point. Since September 2016, Oak Bay staff and volunteers have removed more than 120 cubic yards of ivy from the woods on the ocean side of the scenic ring road at Cattle Point. This work is being funded in part by the federal Habitat Stewardship Program (HSP) as part of a three-year program to protect critical habitat for endangered plants of which there are six in the meadows of Cattle Point. An important contributing factor to the success of the HSP application is the high level of community support, coordinated by FOUP, in the form of volunteer hours to remove invasive plants and deliver outreach programs directed at increasing awareness of the park’s rare ecosystems and endangered species.
February 12, 2017 marked the clearing of Ivy from a major section of Cattle Point. The Friends of Uplands Park’s No Ivy League volunteers and many other volunteers for the community and schools have been working hard.
The inner sections of Cattle Point will be the next area to be cleared by the No Ivy League, and in time, their focus will turn to the ivy in Uplands Park. Attached are a few photos celebrating the ivy removal work at Cattle Point accomplished on Sunday, February 12, 2017, by a group of hard working volunteers.
Also attached are images showing how best to remove Ivy from Oak Trees, a map showing a density distribution of Ivy on the trees in Uplands Park, and a map showing the areas where Oak Bay Parks staff will be focusing their Federal HSP Grant funded work, between 2016- 2019. The maps were created by Friends of Uplands Park volunteer Wylie Thomas on behalf of Oak Bay Parks to help guide volunteer activities in the park.