The First Annual Ecoblitz Comes to Minnekhada


Metro Vancouver Ecoblitz

On Saturday, October 25, 2014 Metro Vancouver will host its first annual Ecoblitz. What does that mean? That means they’re holding a day of environmental stewardship across the Regional Park system. Volunteers from around the region will be working on 10 ecological restoration projects in 10 parks together with Park Partner organizations and Regional Park staff to enhance the beauty and health of park habitats for both human visitors and the creatures that live within them. They will roll up their sleeves, put on work boots and restore areas through planting native grasses, trees, and shrubs and by removing non-native invasive plants like holly and ivy.

Invasive plants may seem relatively benign. After all, they’re plants. They’re part of nature, and they’re not exactly fast-moving. However, they pose a serious threat to our ecosystem. The City of Coquitlam has this to say about invasive plants: “They push out native plants, including endangered species, and destroy habitat for fish, birds and other wildlife. They can also cause erosion and silt problems in creeks and impact aquatic creatures. Invasive plants are expensive to control and eradicate. Some, like Giant Hogweed, are even dangerous to human health. Quite simply, they are Bad Seeds.” Ouch.

Here in the Tri-Cities area Metro Vancouver will be working with the Minnekhada Park Association and the Lower Mainland Green Team to remove ivy and other invasive species from Minnekhada Regional Park. If you’d like to help head to Minnekhada Lodge at 4455 Oliver Road in Coquitlam at 10:00am. Gloves, tools, and snacks will all be provided, just wear sturdy footwear and clothes you don’t mind getting a little bit dirty.

The organizers would appreciate an RSVP to ensure they have all the food and equipment needed. For more information and to let them know you’re coming, visit meetup.com/Regional-Parks-Connect-Metro-Vancouver/events/179224102.

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