Restoration of Uplands Park: Update and Community Conversation (Hosted by FOUP and Oak Bay Parks)

FOUP Restoration POster Oct 5-2017

Poster created by Margaret Lidkea, Chair, Friends of Uplands Park.

PDF of Poster: 2017 Oct 5 RESTORATION in UPLANDS PARKpsterjpeg

RESTORATION in UPLANDS PARK
Thursday Oct 5, 2017
7 to 9pm
Windsor Park Pavilion, Oak Bay Uplands

Park is an incredible place. Within its 31 hectares are found 24 endangered species of plants, one of the highest concentrations in Canada and one of the best examples of a Garry Oak associated ecosystem in our region. Since 2014, Wylie Thomas has been managing a project to help restore the park’s endangered ecosystems and protect critical habitat for its rare species.

The project, which receives support from the federal Habitat Stewardship Program, has focused on the removal of invasive shrubs and trees. It also includes a component to formalize trails and improve signage to help reduce the impact of recreational use on the park’s natural values. Wylie will present on the work done to date and discuss activities planned for the years ahead including the challenges of balancing recreational use of the park with protecting its natural beauty.

The second half of the program will be open for comments from you and others about these challenges, some possible solutions and compromises.

Please bring your ideas and enthusiasm for a healthy discussion about trails, dogs, human use, invasive removal and other ideas.

Refreshments served. Donations to Friends of Uplands Park are very welcome.

Contact: Margaret Lidkea 250-595-8084; FOUP partners with Oak Bay Parks friendsofuplandspark.org

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Friends of Uplands Park – October 2017 Events

Sunday Oct 1  1 to 3pm   NO IVY LEAGUE 
Join the Friends of Uplands Park each Sunday to remove English ivy.  Removal of this highly invasive plant will help to restore the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem of the park, and to protect the 24 rare plants.  Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction are provided. Meet at Cattle Pt, near the kiosks.
 
Thursday Oct 5 7 to 9pm Windsor Pavilion at Windsor Park in Oak Bay RESTORATION IN UPLANDS PARK  Wylie Thomas, Steering Committee member, will give an excellent power point presentation of the invasive plant management in this special urban park with 24 rare plants, an endangered ecosystem and the recreational use of the community.  He will focus on what has been done, and what he hopes will happen in the next year or so.  The second half of the program allows the audience to participate to share their concerns about some of the challenges in the park, so people should bring their enthusiastic ideas, possible solutions and compromises.  Refreshments.  Donations to Friends of Uplands Park appreciated.
Sunday Oct 8  1 to 3pm   NO IVY LEAGUE 
Join the Friends of Uplands Park each Sunday to remove English ivy.  Removal of this highly invasive plant will help to restore the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem of the park, and to protect the 24 rare plants.  Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction are provided. Meet at Cattle Pt, near the kiosks.
 
Sat Oct 14 and Sun Oct 15 1 to 4pm. ANNUAL IVY BROOM BASH  Join Friends of Uplands Park to remove a variety of alien invasive plants.  Meet at the Information table on the field at the entrance to Cattle Point.  Sign-in and become a Friend too.  All tools, gloves and instructions are given.  Refreshments.   This is an excellent family and student opportunity.
 
Sunday Oct 22  1 to 3pm   NO IVY LEAGUE 
Join the Friends of Uplands Park each Sunday to remove English ivy.  Removal of this highly invasive plant will help to restore the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem of the park, and to protect the 24 rare plants.  Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction are provided. Meet at Cattle Pt, near the kiosks.
 
Saturday Oct 28 8am BIRDING IN UPLANDS PARK  Meet Geoffrey Newell at Cattle Point for a gentle ramble through the park, noting new arrivals for winter.  Dress for the weather, bring binoculars.  Free.
Sunday Oct 29  1 to 3pm   NO IVY LEAGUE 
Join the Friends of Uplands Park each Sunday to remove English ivy.  Removal of this highly invasive plant will help to restore the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem of the park, and to protect the 24 rare plants.  Tools, gloves and the Best Practices instruction are provided. Meet at Cattle Pt, near the kiosks.

From Margaret Lidkea, FOUP Chair.

Friends of Uplands Park – Fall 2017 Events: No Ivy League, Annual Ivy Broom Bash, Birding, Public Meeting, Tree Appreciation Day, School Programs

Friends of Uplands Park: Invitation and Call for Volunteers – Fall 2017

Dear Friends of Uplands Park

We are trying to remove invasive plants and to reduce the Fire Load in Uplands Park.  There are several plants including regular invasive plants but also invasive trees like European Elm, European Ash, English Hawthorn, Norway Maple and others that produce more biomass that we are removing each year.  This causes concern because of the potential wildfires in the park that may spread to residential homes.

Many of these trees are gradually being removed by Oak Bay Parks.  WE NEED YOUR HELP TO REMOVE INVASIVE BUSHES like Daphne and other destructive plants like English ivy.

PLEASE HELP US to remove invasive plants this year.  You are welcome to join us any Sunday from 1 to 3pm for the NO IVY LEAGUE that starts this Sunday and goes until the end of November.

The ANNUAL IVY BROOM BASH will be on Saturday Oct 14 and Sunday Oct 15.  This is an excellent opportunity to help your community and your natural environment, the globally endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem.  Families benefit from getting outdoors together and having lots of fun.  Students can earn their volunteer hours by participating.

A public meeting will be held on Thursday Oct 5 at Windsor Pavilion from 7 to 9 on Restoration in Upland Park:  Management Plans; what has been done and projected to be done over the next 2 years.  The first half will be a report by Wylie Thomas, and the second half will be a discussion about the challenges and possible solutions.  We invite the public to speak and share their thoughts.

Tree Appreciation Day on Sun Nov 5 will involve planting Garry oaks and other plants at the Midland entrance.

Remember our regular monthly Bird Walks by Geoffrey Newell will be on the last Saturday of each month unless posted otherwise on our website or Facebook:  friendsofuplandspark.org

School programs will be starting towards the end of September in Uplands Park, Anderson Hill and Trafalgar Park.  Contact Margaret for information which will also be emailed to schools soon.

Thank you for your support

Margaret Lidkea, Chair of FOUP