Stewardship Series - June 2021

June 15, 2021 from 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Stewardship Series - June 2021 photo

The June Stewardship Session will be focused on Himalayan balsam and reed canarygrass.

Ruth Foster will be joining us to share her experience managing Himalayan balsam in the tri-cities. Ruth is a nationally recognized environmental education specialist and spent three decades teaching Coquitlam high school students about nature. She is the recipient of many awards including the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology and Mathematics; the VanCity Environmental Award for Individual Educator; the Tri-City Spirit of Community Environmental Award; the Canadian Environmental Award Gold Medal for Environmental Learning; and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. Ruth is an associate instructor for the Reed Point Marine Education Centre, a director with the Pacific WildLife Foundation  and a director of the Marine Educational Services Association. She is a founding member of the Burrard Inlet Marine Enhancement Society, the founding vice-president of the Port Moody Ecological Society and a member of the Burke Mountain Naturalists’ Society. She also served as a director on the board of the Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver.

Shaan Aroeste’s thesis work aided a long-term research project aimed at combating reed canarygrass in the Lower Mainland.  Reed canarygrass (Phalaris arundinacea) is an invasive grass common in wetlands, streambanks, ditches, and other moist areas throughout the Pacific Northwest.  It spreads aggressively and can replace native vegetation with dense monocultures.  Its vigour and adaptability make it resistant to many control methods, but research suggests shade is its Achilles heel.  Since 2015, a collaborative project between BCIT, Metro Vancouver, and the City of Surrey,  has explored the potential for using desirable native shrub species to overtop and shade-out reed canarygrass stands.  An important part of this is testing and evaluating the relative efficacy of using different shrub species, varied planting densities and alternative site prep methods.


Registration: This session will be held on Zoom online. Participation is free and open to anyone, but please register in advance (click here). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

For information about the Stewardship Series, including a complete list of dates for 2021, click here.

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