In common with many 'disturbed' sites, this one has an overabundance of invasive Himalayan Blackberry.  Photo by K Clouston

In common with many 'disturbed' sites, this one has an overabundance of invasive Himalayan Blackberry. Photo by K Clouston

We have decided to do some invasive removal and native plant replacement instead of the smolt fence this year to give the fish a break.  Our first activity will be in the city-owned lot at the corner of 1st and Willemar.  There is a lot of Himalayan Blackberry and other non-native/invasive species to be removed to allow the native species some space to grow and return the ecosystem to a more natural state.

Lamium choking out the native vegetation beside Morrison Creek.  Photo by K Clouston
Lamium choking out the native vegetation beside Morrison Creek. Photo by K Clouston

Our first task will, of course, be to remove the invasive species like the Lamium shown in this picture.   That will take place on 10 Apr starting at 10:00 .  We will meet in the alley beside the site, bring gloves and pruners.  The following weekend we will put native plants into the holes we have created in the vegetation.  We will meet in the same location, bring gloves and gardening tools, and the planting party will start at 10:00 on 16 Apr .  If you want to help out with this task then please call Kathryn at 871-4282 or e-mail us at morrisoncreek@yahoo.ca

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