Volunteer Projects

Weed pulls

Matcon Construction Weed Pull

ISCBC youth volunteers journeyed out to South Surrey to visit a land rehabilitation project. Volunteers from across the Lower Mainland had the rare opportunity to learn and connect with professionals in the construction, land rehabilitation and waste management industries, all while walking through and learning about the beautiful work the team had already done to restore this valuable ecosystem that has seen incredible signs of recovery since the invasive species were removed. Volunteers pulled invasive English Ivy growing in one section of the rehabilitation site.

Russet Bluffs, Williams Lake

Volunteers tackled invasive species along Russet Bluffs, a beautiful hiking area ten minutes outside of Williams Lake. This trail is used very frequently and lends itself to invasive species introduction. The Williams Lake volunteer group surveyed the trail and located a large patch of bull thistle which they managed to pull! They have also found a location at the head of the trail to put some Play Clean Go signage as well as a boot brush to help trail user give invasives the brush off.

River Valley Trail, Kamloops

The River Valley trail system has a large storm water retention pond which helps to prevent flooding in town. With the recent construction there has been a infestation of burdock found on the paths bordering the pond and the river where this water flows into. Removing the plants helps prevent the spread to the Fraser River, as this river is a tributary of the larger river system.

Scout Island, Williams Lake

Scout Island is a little piece of nature in the middle of Williams Lake. Easy access to the general public for walks, bird watching, swimming and much more. The Williams Lake volunteer group have surveyed on and around Scout Island and identified priority sites for weed pulls information posts and sensitive riparian habitat. There is a large focus on Scout Island as it is on a large migratory path for many species of birds.

Noons Creek Salmon Hatchery, Port Moody

The Noons Creek Salmon Hatchery is a volunteer run facility that raises coho and chum salmon within parkland owned by the city of Port Moody. Much of the riparian area within the parkland is impacted by English ivy and English holly, making this an ideal site for ecological restoration and stewardship. The Port Moody Ecological Society is interested in expanding their volunteer programs to include riparian restoration work and have invited the Invasive Species Council of BC to be involved. To date, we have participated in one weed pull, but are searching for a volunteer team to take on a stewardship project in the area.

Sun Peaks Weed, Kamloops

With the recent introduction of spotted knapweed to a relatively invasive free community of Sunpeaks, the Kamloops Volunteer group were invited by invasive plant specialist Catherine Tarasoff to help with a weed pull of one of the only large Spotted knapweed sites in the area.

Begbie Falls Trail Stewardship, Revelstoke

Begbie Falls is in the heart of BC's interior rainforest. ISCBC volunteers conducted an invasive plant survey, removed invasive plants and even cleaned up refuse along the trail!

BCIT South Campus Restoration, Burnaby

Moscrop Secondary School Science 10 students are initiating an environmental stewardship process on the BCIT campus. With the support of BCIT staff and students, our youth volunteers are removing invasive species and undertaking ecological restoration activities to improve biodiversity and function of this urban forest. For many of our volunteers, this project is their first experience with volunteering and ecological work.

Creative Resources

Native Plant Landscape

ISCBC's youth volunteer Lauren created this great poster.  Here's what she has to say: "This poster was created utilizing both hands-on experience and through some education. I have taken both a botany and horticulture course and a backyard gardening course. The hands-on experience has come from doing some work landscaping and working on my own garden, along with plenty of time spent observing plants in their environment."

"The plants chosen for the illustration were considered along with a handful of other ones. As this project was focused on landscaping with native plants, the goal was to make choices based on the environment, so that it wouldn't need much maintenance after the plants become well-established.  Too much maintenance could alter the original state of the area, which is why using plants that are already happy in those conditions are ideal. On top of the practical plantings; Red Osier dogwood, Hardhack, Coastal strawberry, and Nootka rose are all attractive plants that all are in the same red-pink colour spectrum. Red Osier dogwood has a striking red stem, which adds colour in the cooler months, making it a nice addition. Coastal strawberry keeps its glossy leaves during the winter and creeps via stolons, which will eventually act as a ground-cover."

Site surveys

Lost Lagoon Habitat Island, Vancouver

The Lost Lagoon habitat island site is a long-term restoration project in partnership with the Stanley Park Ecological Society. Our youth volunteers are key in leading the final development stages and executing the restoration of a habitat island within the lagoon. Located on the North Side of Lost Lagoon, this island (a former boat landing) has been infested with invasive bamboo. First, the site will be surveyed and monitored for inhabitant plant and animal species. Then the soil will need to be removed, replaced, and replanted with native shrubs.

Pacific Spirit Park, Vancouver

Volunteers visited Pacific Spirit Regional Park in November 2002 with the Volunteer Program Coordinator and three youth members from Metro Vancouver. The park features forests, creeks, beaches and bogs, making it a great place to connect with nature. During the nature walk, volunteers identified many different mushroom and plant species, and shared knowledge about the ecology of the area. One of the highlights of this event was visiting the Camosun Bog,  a very unique area of marshland under restoration. The group discussed and shared ideas about community engagement and sustainability. It was a great opportunity to spend time outdoors and learn about the environment!

Park Hill Trail Stewardship, Salmon Arm

ISCBC volunteers conducted an invasive plant survey and will be returning to monitor for invasive species along this popular walking trail.

Mabel Lake, Columbia Shuswap

Mabel Lake is a popular lake for a variety of water based activities. Youth volunteer, Jennifer, conducted a site inventory where she recorded invasive species present at the Mabel Lake Provincial Park.

Edith Lake, Kamloops

Edith Lake is a popular fishing and camping spot located 30 minutes from Kamloops, BC. Volunteers surveyed the site and found several invasive species and learned to identify native species as well. In the future volunteers plan to conduct a weed pull at the recreation site.

McArthur Island Survey Project, Kamloops

Volunteers surveyed the Nature Trail and Disc Golf Course at McArthur Island Park. Over 5 different types of invasive plants were identified and mapped. Volunteers are conducting weed pulls at the park to remove burdock and Himalayan blackberry.

BC Wildlife Park Survey Project, Kamloops

Volunteers surveyed the 106 acres of the BC Wildlife Park in search of invasive species! Over 15 different types of invasive plants were identified and mapped. Volunteers are working together to create an information package that can be used to educate park staff and visitors about invasive species removal and prevention.

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