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.
Friends of Uplands Park volunteer, Wylie Thomas has provided a link to the Shaw TV South Vancouver Island “Community Producers” YouTube video story featuring a group of Friends of Uplands Park No Ivy League volunteers who were interviewed and filmed while working at Cattle Point on Sunday, February 26, 2017. Wylie asked, as part of this FOUP blog post, to also mention:
….. the critical role played by Oak Bay Parks (aka Chris Hyde-Lay and his staff) in protecting this important part of our natural heritage. Their in-kind contributions are a very important part of the HSP project (invasives disposal, native plant purchases, arborist time, trails and signage) and they have been bent over backwards to help make our work a success. Without their support none of this would be happening.
The SHAW TV video, posted to YouTube on March 7, 2017, features Friends of Uplands Park Chair, Margaret Lidkea, and volunteers Wylie Thomas, Ron Carter and others, who share their experiences and motivations and discuss the importance of the Garry Oak Ecosystem restoration work that is being accomplished at Cattle Point.
Shaw TV YouTube Caption: Published on Mar 7, 201 Rare & endangered species are found in a few small pockets on the South Island like Uplands Park & Cattle Point. The Friends of Uplands Park are hoping to bring some of these Garry Oak species back by removing invasive plants and sectioning off some of the areas that these rare species have been found.
Lorraine Scollan, Community Access Producer, Programming, SHAW TV, noted in her email to Wylie, that the interview-video segment was to be aired on Friday afternoons, on Channel 4, and would be repeated for perhaps two weeks, on the “Community Producers” program, whose schedule can be viewed at https://www.shaw.ca/ShawTV/Victoria/. The video of the Friends of Uplands Park story has also been posted to Shaw TV’s Twitter feed [March 7-2017] at www.twitter.com/ShawTV_SVI . The video will also be posted on the Shaw TV Facebook page, perhaps under the video section at www.facebook.com/goislandsouth .
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.
Wylie Thomas, on behalf of the Friends of Uplands Park, describes the successful “Planting & Invasive Ivy Removal” event held in Uplands Park on December 4, 2016. The event was a collaboration of the Friends of Uplands Park Planting and the Greater Victoria Green Team.
We had a great volunteer event with Victoria’s Green Team on Sunday. I counted 22 people, but there may have been more. We split into two groups: one group worked on ivy on the ocean side of the Cattle Point loop road, while the second group helped plant native forbs and sedges in our restoration plot.
Here’s what we planted..
54 Western Buttercup
36 Western Rush
54 Common Woodrush
72 Barestem Desert-parsley
4 Field Chickweed
18 Yampah (Perideridia gairdneri)
50 Thick-headed Sedge (Carex pachystachya)
72 Graceful Cinquefoil (Potentilla gracilis)
18 Douglas’ Aster
50 Hare Sedge (Carex ovalis)
100 Selfheal (Prunella vulgaris ssp. lanceolata)
36 Fool’s Onion (Triteleia hyacinthina)
20 1-gallon pots of Great Camas bulbs (about 100 bulbs)
Margaret Lidkea, Chair of the Friends of Uplands Park, sends photos and describes the wonderful community participation at Oak Bay’s Tree Appreciation Day, held on November 6, 2016, in Uplands Park.
We had an amazingly lovely Tree Appreciation Day Nov 6, with families planting native plants, learning from Chris Paul about suitable trees to plant in our Urban Forest, how to stop winter moth attacks, watching Louis Burgess teach the kids how to tie proper knots in his equipment so he can climb into the tree canopies to prune, learning about invasive plants, meeting neighbours and snacking on coffee and treats. Iain Macleod even chain-sawed the tree that fell on Beach Drive nearby just before the event, restoring traffic within minutes. He then encouraged kids to plant a couple of Garry oak trees.
Thank you to all the FOUP Steering Committee for organizing displays, information and engaging the public with their enthusiasm and expertise. This included Wylie planting Camas bulbs, Anna, Emily and Angela planting licorice fern and spring gold, and Ron Carter leading the walk around Cattle Pt to see the efforts of Wylie’s team and volunteers to restore the area. Several volunteers also helped remove ivy on Sunday in the afternoon. Thanks also to Chris Hyde-Lay, Chris and Elizabeth G, Cathy S, Eric, Pam, Rick and Kathleen for setting up and working the information table and displays.
Thanks to those that have been so helpful on Cattle Point this Fall, removing some of this “carpet of death”, that also has a deadly impact on the Garry oak trees.
The area outside the ring road are coming along well, but still needs our help to remove all the ivy to protect the rare plants.
In the central area of Cattle Pt, he English ivy is still in full grip of the endangered Garry Oak Ecosystem in Uplands Park.
The November 2, 2016 issue of the Oak Bay News has a front page article highlighting the Annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day and FOUP’s Annual Invasive Species Bash. Both events are scheduled for Sunday, November 6, 2016, in Uplands Park and at Cattle Point.
Activities start at 10:00AM and continue until 4:00PM.
Annual Oak Bay Tree Appreciation Day: 10:00AM – Noon
FOUP’s Annual Invasive Species Bash Noon – 4:00pm
Please come out to these family friendly events to learn about invasive species, and the special cultural and ecological heritage of Uplands Park and stay to help save Uplands Park from Invasive Species.