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Invasive Species Removal at University of Victoria Queenswood Campus on July 23 2022!

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 14 community members at the UVic Queenswood Campus in an area covered with Daphne, English Ivy, and several other invasive species. This was our fourth visit to this particular site, and the impact our community has made in this patch of forest is truly amazing! We primarily removed Daphne, English Ivy, and Himalayan Blackberry, although we found some additional species like Scotch Broom and Holly. The invasive species have been growing all over the forest in large patches and even up into the trees! 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

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Invasive Species Removal at Brethour Park, Sidney on July 16, 2022!

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 2 community members at Brethour Park in an area covered with Daphne, English Holly, and numerous other invasive species! We primarily removed Daphne and Holly, and even found some Himalayan Blackberry to tackle as well! Like many invasive plants in our region, Daphne and Holly were both introduced from Europe as popular garden ornamentals. Once they spread into our local forests, they outcompete native shrubs and trees, and act as potential fuels for fires (which are going to become increasingly more common due to climate change). By removing these species today, we created space for native plants like Trailing Blackberry and Snowberry to flourish, and helped strengthen this forest’s defences against potential fires. THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Thadd & Andrew, and thank you to Cliff from Town of Sidney for coming by to help facilitate! Thank-you very much to

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Invasive Species Removal at Ocean View Park, Colwood June 10, 2022!

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 13 community members at Ocean View Park in an area covered with invasive species. 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

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Invasive Species Removal at Lund Rd Protection Area, July 9 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 11 community members at Lund Rd Protection Area removing invasive species. We primarily removed Himalayan Blackberry as well as Yellow Hawkweed, Queen Anne’s Lace. These invasive species were starting to taking over the wonderful natural biodiversity of this park. 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 Nootka Rose, June Plum, Snowberry and Oceanspray! THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Michele, Travis, Chloe, Stewart, Robin, Tristan, Richard, Julian, Heather, Sky, Laird, and Chris from View Royal for coming out and helping to facilitate! Thank-you very much to Town of View Royal for partnering with us and contributing to our Green Team activities and for recognizing the importance of collaboration in community engagement and ecological restoration! Group Photo!

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Invasive Species Removal at University of Victoria Queenswood Campus, Saanich, June 26, 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team engaged 29 community members at the Queenswood Campus of University of Victoria. We primarily removed Daphne, Holly, English Ivy and Common Periwinkle removed as well. The invasive species have been growing all over the forest floor, putting the natural biodiversity of the forest at risk. English Ivy grows up the trees and threatens them, and can kill trees in 10-15 years! 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! 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: Colin, Lauren, Jason, Christina, Stephanie, Linbotao, Maggie, Andrew, Cindy, Gill, Chloe, Christine, Madeleine, Chloe, Mia, Jalen, Elena, Andie, Dianne, Tracy, Nisa, Ramisa, Xiulan, Xiangmei, Wanda, Yu, Joel, Hong, Houtian Thank-you very much to the

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Invasive Species Removal at Lagoon West Park (Pit House Park), Colwood, June 15 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging community members and 100 youth from Dunsmuir Middle School in an area covered with Scotch Broom and Blackberry. We primarily removed Himalayan Blackberry, with Scotch Broom removed as well. This area is home to a large heritage orchard and close to the beautiful Esquimalt Lagoon. According to a study done for the Esquimalt Lagoon Stewardship Initiative, non-native species in the area amount to 35% of all the vegetation, although it has likely increased since that study had been released. Both Himalayan Blackberry and Scotch Broom replace native species and decrease biodiversity, putting the health of these habitats at risk. Nootka Rose was the most predominant native species in the area. THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Ms. Weir’s Gr. 6 class, Ms. Blow’s Gr. 6 class, Mr. Vavala’s Gr. 7 class and Ms. Turnbull’s Gr. 6 class, all the parent

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Invasive Species Removal at Reay Creek Park, North Saanich, June 11 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 24 community members in Reay Creek Park restoring the habitats from invasive species. We primarily removed Canada Thistle and Himalayan Blackberry. Despite its common name, Canada Thistle was introduced from Europe and Northern Asia. Both Himalayan Blackberry and Thistle outgrow the native species that both naturally occur and that were planted in the park. Canada Thistle is a source of significant crop losses in the agriculture industry in Canada. Some of the native species we saw in the area were Nootka Rose, Snowberry, and Black Hawthorn! THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Ramisa, Nisa, Jasen, Tyler, Maggie, Jaden, Tasha, Audrey, Troy, Leo, Evan, Thadd, Annie, Aaron, Ben, Warren, Marguerite, Debby, Kevin, Katia, Maria and Amanda! Thank-you very much to the District of North Saanich for partnering with us and contributing to our Green Team activities and for recognizing the importance of collaboration

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Invasive Species Removal at Uplands Park, June 4 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging 25 community members in Uplands Park restoring the habitats from invasive species. We primarily removed Daphne, with English Ivy and Crow Garlic removed as well. Daphne causes a serious threat to Garry Oak ecosystems, a precious and incredibly endangered habitat located only here in Southeastern Vancouver Island and on the Gulf Islands. Uplands Park is home to more than 20 endangered plant species, with likely more that have not been seen. Invasive species cause very high risk to these plants that are critical to the survival of the Garry Oak ecosystem. Some of the native species we saw in the area were Great and Common Camas, Chocolate Lillies, Western Honeysuckle and Biscuitroot! THANK YOU Thank-you to everyone for participating: Kevin, Chenxi, Kevin, Joe, Margaret, Meg, Edna, Leo, Camila, Wanda, Allyson, Ramisa, John, Alex, Thadd, Denise, Clarisse, Miki, Chloe, Nisa, Richard, Cindy,

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Invasive Species Removal at University of Victoria Queenswood Campus, Saanich, May 28, 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team engaged 38 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: Katherine, Sara, Oceana, Sal, Ryan,

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English Ivy Removal at Portage Park, View Royal, May 25 2022

The Greater Victoria Green Team spent the day engaging community members and 115 youth from Shoreline Middle School. We primarily removed English Ivy, 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 all of the classes and teachers for participating, Wanda and Cathie, and Chris for helping to facilitate this activity! Thank-you very much to

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