Trees and vegetation were removed and in their place invasive species established and degraded the habitat conditions of the waterway. Central Westcoast Forest Society, the District of Ucluelet Parks and Recreation and Public Works Departments, the Clayoquot Biosphere Trust, and concerned residents and volunteers all worked together on this project with funding provided in part by the 2013 TD Green Streets grant.
In 2013-2014, the Big Beach Community Restoration Project restored the ecological integrity of this urban park through the removal of invasive species, in-stream restoration, riparian reforestation, and education and volunteer opportunities. Native shrubs and conifers trees were planted to enhance the habitat values within the Park. Volunteers put their knowledge to use, assisting the Central Westcoast Forest Society crew planting shrubs and conifer trees in the riparian zone. The vegetation will help filter and regulate runoff from the adjacent road and storm water drainage.
This project provided a unique opportunity to involve the community in a valuable urban restoration and tree-planting project. This partnership project facilitates an exchange of knowledge, skills and will inspire capacity building and environmental stewardship.
In 2015, Central Westcoast Forest Society will be working with community volunteers to remove knotweed regrowth, maintain planted vegetation, and plant additional trees and shrubs. If you are interested in helping out, please contact us!
Learn more about the Central Westcoast Invasive Species Project here