PGNC Events and Notes, 19 September 2016


Club Events

A big weekend for the club is coming up, as we host the Fall General Meeting of BC Nature. See  www.pgfgm2016.ca for the list of activities. Meanwhile, you can help with preparations – the following  is an important bit of spit and polish before September 24 when delegates will take a guided walk along the Wetland trails and paths.

Hudson’s Bay Wetland Canada Thistle Deadheading, Wednesday September 21, 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Come on out on Wednesday September 21, from 12:30 to 3 p.m. to deadhead Canada Thistle on the south side of the Hudson’s Bay Wetland Channel by the footbridge. We will meet at the parking lot at Exploration Place at 12:30 p.m. for sign-in. Bring work gloves and your favourite hand clipping tool. The Club will provide contractor bags as well as extra work gloves and clippers if someone needs them. This work party is suitable for adults and mature teens. Non-members are most welcome to join us.. For more information please email pgnaturalists@hotmail.ca.

Club Notes

Tansy Control at the Hudson’s Bay Wetland
Four experienced weed control crew members from AIMHI recently spent the equivalent of three full work days on the north side of the Wetland Channel.They removed almost a pickup truck load of tansy roots, stems and seed heads. They dug out tansy plants from treed or shrub-filled areas that are difficult to reach. Some plants in those hard-to-reach areas were at least six feet tall! Anyone who has ever tried to dig out tansy roots will know it’s a very tough job. The crew also cleaned out patches of cypress spurge, burdock and toadflax which are just starting to get a foothold. Thank you to KC, Amanda, Tori and Jonathon for their help.

The work is part of a multi-year program by many agencies to control and reduce the spread of invasive plants at Prince George’s urban wetland. The Club has been officially involved since 2015. Other partners include the City of Prince George and the Northwest Invasive Plant Council. The work is making a difference. The sea of yellow tansy encountered in 2015 is much reduced this year thanks to the efforts of all the partners.  The Club is very grateful for funding from TD Friends of the Environment for tansy cleanup at this site.

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