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Invasive Species Removal at Anderson Hill Park, Oak Bay, May 14 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 16 community members at Anderson Hill Park in Oak Bay. We primarily removed Himalayan Blackberry, with some English Ivy and Gorse as well. Invasive species have been identified to be the second largest threat to global diversity and according to The Nature Conservancy, worldwide spending on invasive species totals $1.4 trillion every year, equal to 5 percent of the global economy! The species we removed today are very hardy, and have very successful reproduction strategies so they can take over the natural Garry Oak habitat of this beautiful park. Some of the native species we saw in the area were Oregon Grape, Garry Oak, Camas and Chocolate Lilies! THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Ramisa, Houtian, Rhiannon, Ryan, Hong, Chloe, Tristan, Yating, Daniel, Miki, Thadd, Patty, Chenxi, Annie, Richard and Julian Thank-you very much to the Friends of Anderson Hill Park for

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Invasive Species Removal at UVic Mystic Vale, Saanich, May 13 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 45 students and faculty from the UVic Biology Department. We primarily removed English Ivy, with some Holly and Daphne removed as well. The invasive species have been crowding and shading out the native understory and threatens the trees growing in this beautiful forest! English Ivy can grow up to 9 feet in a year, and can grow up to 40 ft vertically on a tree or building! The plant spreads by propagation, so if a stem fragment finds soil, a new section of ivy can grow. Seeds are also spread by seeds by birds! By removing the invasive plants, we are helping the native vegetation regenerate. Some of the native species we saw in the area were Oregon Grape, Trailing Blackberry and Snowberry! THANK YOU Thank-you to the University of Victoria Biology Department for participating and wanting to engage in connection

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Invasive Species Removal at Macaulay Point Park, Esquimalt, May 7 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 14 community members in an area covered with large amounts of invasive species. We primarily removed Himalayan Blackberry, along with Scotch Broom, English Ivy and Daphne. All of these invasive species were going together, taking over the wonderful natural biodiversity of this park. Having so many invasives growing together created a “multi-story” effect, where scotch broom and blackberry grow above and create a wall, and english ivy and daphne grow underneath to cover the soil. By cutting these species back, this created more sunlight and space for native species to grow back and encourage the native biodiversity. Some of the native species we saw in the area were Salmonberry, Osoberry, Pacific Crabapple and Nootka Rose! THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Richard, Lucia, Kris, Jason, Stephanie, Chenxi, Marianne, Derek, Chloe, Joe, Braedan, Mieka, Joy and Rosanna! Thank-you very much to Esquimalt

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Invasive Species Removal at Knockan Hill Park, View Royal, April 30, 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 22 community members at Knockan Hill Park. We primarily removed English Ivy, Daphne Laurel and Bur Chervil. We have had a consistent presence in Knockan Hill, along with the Friends of Knockan Hill Park, and it is amazing to see the progress we have had in eradicating the invasive species! English Ivy can grow up to 9 feet in a year, and can grow up to 40 ft vertically on a tree or building! The plant spreads by propagation, so if a stem fragment finds soil, a new section of ivy can grow. Seeds are also spread by seeds by birds! By removing the invasive plants, we are helping the native vegetation regenerate. Some of the native species we saw in the area were Oregon Grape, Trailing Blackberry and Indian Plum! Some of the native species we saw in the area

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Earth Day at Highrock Park, Esquimalt, April 20, 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging over 400 youth alongside the Esquimalt Parks and Recreation Department and other amazing organizations! 21 classes from schools around Highrock Park came to celebrate Earth Day and learn more about how they can protect our planet! There were rotating stations including native tree and shrub planting, trail building, and invasive species removal! Some of the native species we saw in the area were Oregon Grape, Sea Blush, Camas, Fawn Lilies and even one Chocolate Lily! THANK YOU Thank you to all the wonderful organizations that worked together yesterday to make an amazing time for all who participated! Stewardship Centre for BC Esquimalt Community Garden Society Thank-you very much to Esquimalt Parks and Recreation for facilitating this awesome event and for recognizing the importance of collaboration in community engagement and ecological restoration! Our Booth! Highlights In total 420 youth participated to learn more about protecting the

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Invasive Species Removal at Murray Pond Park, Colwood, April 12, 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging community members and 41 youth from Royal Bay Secondary in an area covered with Scotch Broom and Blackberry. Scotch Broom was introduced to Vancouver Island in the 19th century, and has spread widely throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. It grows 1-3 metres tall, so outcompetes the low-lying native plants for sunshine and soil nutrients. The plant spreads by seed, and can produce millions of seeds that live in the soil up to 30 years! By removing the invasive plants, we are helping the native vegetation regenerate and restore the natural soil composition and open habitat. Some of the native species we saw in the area were Oregon Grape, Trailing Blackberry, and Salal! THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Ms. Greene and her 2 Grade 9 classes, Mr. Mcintosh and his “Science for Citizens” class, Ty, and Rachel! Thank-you very

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Invasive Species Removal at University of Victoria Queenswood Campus, Saanich, April 9, 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team engaged 28 community members at the Queenswood Campus of University of Victoria. We primarily removed English Ivy, with some Holly and Daphne removed as well. The invasive species have been growing all the way up the trees and threatens them growing in this beautiful forest! English Ivy can grow up to 9 feet in a year, and can grow up to 40 ft vertically on a tree or building! By cutting a section of ivy off the bottom of the tree, all the ivy above that point will die, and the tree will be safe! We also cleared 1m of ivy around the tree to ensure that it will not grow back any time soon. Some of the native species we saw in the area were Oregon Grape, Trailing Blackberry, Snowberry and Oceanspray! THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Lauren, Alex, AJ, Marianne, Audrey,

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Invasive Species Removal at Mystic Woods, University of Victoria, Saanich, March 27, 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team engaged 33 community members in Mystic Vale at the University of Victoria. We primarily removed English Ivy, with some Holly and Daphne removed as well. English Ivy can grow up to 9 feet in a year, and can grow up to 40 ft vertically on a tree or building! The plant spreads by propagation, so if a stem fragment finds soil, a new section of ivy can grow. Seeds are also spread by seeds by birds! By removing the invasive plants, we are helping the native vegetation regenerate. Some of the native species we saw in the area were Oregon Grape, Trailing Blackberry and Indian Plum! THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Teresa, Jason, Warwick, Marianne, Robert, Lauren, Heather, Chad, Eli, Ivy, Ava, Tristan, Nisa, Richard, David, Shawn, Chloe, Ben, Sara, Stuart, Zahra, Ramisa, Houtian, Hong, Audrey, Larry, Sewon, Rhian, Sumin, Mark, Roy, Alex

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Coastal Sand Dune Restoration, Saanich Peninsula, March 12, 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team engaged 8 community members at a rare coastal sand dune habitat off the Saanich Peninsula. We removed lots of Scotch Broom that had completely overcrowded the natural habitat. This habitat is rare, with many at-risk species present, so removing invasive species is very important work! Scotch Broom was introduced to Vancouver Island in the 19th century, and has spread widely throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. It grows 1-3 metres tall, so outcompetes the low-lying native plants for sunshine and soil nutrients. The plant spreads by seed, and can produce millions of seeds that live in the soil up to 30 years! By removing the invasive plants, we are helping the native vegetation regenerate and restore the natural soil composition and open habitat. The at-risk species in this habitat include Yellow Sand-Verbena, silky beach pea, Howell’s Triteleia, Contorted-Pod Evening Primrose and Black Knotweed. Group

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Coastal Sand Dune Restoration, Saanich Peninsula, March 18, 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team engaged 8 community members at a rare coastal sand dune habitat off the Saanich Peninsula. We removed lots of Scotch Broom that had completely overcrowded the natural habitat. This habitat is rare, with many at-risk species present, so removing invasive species is very important work! Scotch Broom was introduced to Vancouver Island in the 19th century, and has spread widely throughout Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. It grows 1-3 metres tall, so outcompetes the low-lying native plants for sunshine and soil nutrients. The plant spreads by seed, and can produce millions of seeds that live in the soil up to 30 years! By removing the invasive plants, we are helping the native vegetation regenerate and restore the natural soil composition and open habitat. The at-risk species in this habitat include Yellow Sand-Verbena, silky beach pea, Howell’s Triteleia, Contorted-Pod Evening Primrose and Black Knotweed. March

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