2017 Restoration Project

Japanese knotweed (Fallopia japonica) has persisted to grow at the Big Beach location after 2013-2014 efforts to eradicate the species. CWFS is currently continuing with efforts to restore the ecological integrity of this urban park through the removal and containment of invasive species, riparian reforestation, and education and volunteer events. 

Herbicide Application:

The herbicide being used to control Japanese knotweed at Big Beach is glyphosate, the same herbicide found in Roundup®.  The herbicide will be applied via Foliar spray where the herbicide is selectively sprayed from a backpack tank on the surface area of the plant. Glyphosate is a non-selective herbicide, which means it will target all plants, native and invasive.  Also importantly, it is non-residual, which means it will rapidly degrade, principally by micro-organisms, and therefore is non-persistent in soil and water.  The time required for the chemical to dissipate by half ranges from days to a few weeks depending on soil characteristics and climatic conditions. The herbicide will be applied 2-3 times/year (May, July, September) for the first 3 years at Big Beach. 

There are three key reasons why this herbicide is being considered: i) its excellent record of efficacy and reliability in controlling knotweed; ii) its relatively favourable environmental behaviour profile (e.g. non-persistent in soils, vegetation and water, non-bioaccumulatory, very low leaching potential) and; iii) its relatively low innate toxicity to humans and wildlife. 

Upcoming Big Beach Events:

Invasive Species Community Information Session: Join CWFS and the District of Ucluelet on Saturday, May 6th from 1-3 pm at the Ucluelet Community Centre to celebrate May as Invasive Spceics month by learning about the impacts of invasive species and how to manage them. 

Community Planting Event:  Join CWFS and the District of Ucluelet at Big Beach Park to celebrate the successful first steps in invasive species removal by planting native trees and shurbs. The event will include all plants, tools, gloves, and snacks, and refreshments. Date TBD

To learn more about upcoming events and how to get involved; contact Emily at emily@clayoquot.org or 250.726.4171

2013 Restoration Project 

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.

Learn more about the Central Westcoast Invasive Species Project here