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Garibaldi Park Invasive Species Removal - Volunteer Event!

Garibaldi Park Invasive Species Removal - Volunteer Event!
Breanne Johnson - Wed Sep 09, 2015 @ 10:58AM
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Invasive species impact the ecology of mountain parks. They can crowd out native plants, reduce biodiversity, degrade wildlife habitat, cause erosion, and impact water quality. Many of them are unpalatable for wildlife, and as they increase in numbers they push out native species that are food for the local herbivores. Invasive plant seeds and other fragments are easily spread by humans; on our feet, the wheels of our car, the hull of our boat, and the tires of our mountain bike, to name a few. There are many invasive species growing in the Diamond Head parking lot at the trailhead to Garibaldi Provincial Park. Yellow lamium, Common burdock, St. John's-Wort, and Oxeye daisy have all invaded the area. Removing these invasives will prevent them from spreading up the trails and into the alpine where sensitive wildflower ecosystems exist. You can help to reduce the impact of invasive species on our mountain parks by coming out to the Community Weed Pull Sunday September 20th 2:00-4:00pm. Everyone is welcome to come learn how to identify local invasives, and get some hands on experience removing them while helping to protect our park from invasion. Tools, refreshments, and snacks will be provided! Bring gardening gloves if you have them.

Location: Garibaldi Provincial Park - Diamond Head Parking Lot (this is the parking lot for the Red Heather meadows and Elfin lakes hike).

Directions: Follow Mamquam Road east from highway 99, and through an industrial area. Where the gravel road forks; turn left onto Garibaldi Park rd. It is 14.5km from highway 99 to the upper parking lot at 950m elevation where the weed pull will take place. The road is gravel and can easily be driven by 2 wheel drive vehicles.

See you there! 

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