Last October, Summit 2 did two weeks of trail cleanup and invasive plant pulling at the Dale park in West Vancouver with the Friends of Lighthouse Park Society. The society also hosts events every Saturday where volunteers can come and help them remove ivy and other invasive plants from the area, and I participated in one last Saturday. This post will reflect on that, but first I’ll explain why I was pulling ivy in the first place.
Lighthouse Park is an area of forest in West Vancouver. It is one of the largest areas of forest left in the Vancouver area and it has several plants and animals not found anywhere else. The Friends of Lighthouse Park society has been set up to help preserve it. On the border of Lighthouse Park is the Dale park, a small area of second-growth forest.
Plants like holly and ivy came to Vancouver from someplace else. Since they have no natural predators in Vancouver, they take over and smother everything else. This is happening right now in many local parks including the Dale park. Since the Dale park is next to Lighthouse park, there is a danger that the ivy may spread to the pristine forest of Lighthouse Park and destroy it. The Friends of Lighthouse Park are trying to stop this, and every other Saturday they host an ivy pull where volunteers can come and help pull ivy. Mrs Mctavish posted something about it on her blog and I thought it looked interesting, so I came.
This ivy pull was a success. We removed a lot of ivy from a large area of the Dale park. We also helped remove some huge holly and laurel trees (holly and laurel are also invasive species). I did a great thing for the environment and got some service hours.
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Because of the weird winter we’re having, the conditions on Garibaldi Lake are almost perfect for skating. My dad, my sister and I hiked up to Garibaldi Lake. Did we make it?