Volunteers clean up invasive species from the Delta Nature Reserve. (Lower Mainland Green Team photo)

Volunteers wanted to clean up Delta trails

Two April 28 events will help remove invasive species from North Delta’s creek-side trails

The edges of Cougar Creek will be getting a spring clean this weekend as two volunteer groups set about removing invasive plants in the greenway.

The Cougar Creek Streamkeepers are hosting two separate clean up projects on Saturday, April 28 “within shouting distance of each other” along the North Delta Greenway, streamkeeper Deborah Jones said.

The first is a volunteer effort from Canadian Autoparts Toyota to remove English ivy from along the trail. The volunteers will start at Bates Road and move northward for the next two and a half hours.

According to Jones, these trails were cleared of ivy in 2011, but “regrowth is often a problem — from bits we’ve missed, from illegal dumping of garden wastes or from seeds spread by birds that have eaten ivy berries.”

The second is joint project between the streamkeepers, the City of Delta and the Lower Mainland Green Team. Volunteers are wanted to remove English ivy and Himalayan blackberry from the Barrymore Drive Park Reserve site, which is about the size of a residential lot and quite steep.

The Green Team has partnered with the Streamkeepers on many other projects over the last seven years. For Lyda Salatian, founder of the Lower Mainland Green Team, it’s an important way to keep people engaged in environmental stewardship.

“Invasive plant removals, to us, our charity, it’s just a tool,” she said. “It’s important to get awesome work done and invasive species removed from the park … but really, it’s about the people. Because if you impact and change people, to us it’s going to be a much larger impact on the environment.

“We’re trying to have a large-scale cultural shift.”

The Green Team cleanup is open to all — Salatian is planning on going door to door before the event to get the community involved — and interested participants can sign up online at http://goo.gl/WRx6jr.

Volunteers will meet between 7501 and 7511 Barrymore Dr., just north of Bates Road, at 9:45 a.m. The clean up will go until about 1 p.m., rain or shine, and refreshments will be provided.

For more information on the Green Team’s clean up session, including a link to register as a volunteer, visit http://goo.gl/QR9M3S.



grace.kennedy@northdeltareporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

B.C. serves up $6.3 million boost to province’s respite program

The announcement, in Surrey, aims to give parents of special needs children a break

Schedule released for South Surrey-hosted Americas Olympic Softball Qualifier

Canadian national women’s fastpitch team to open tournament against Cuba

Biting and jumping are paw-sitives when raising a police dog puppy

18-week-old Maya is training with Delta police to one day take a bite out of crime

OUR VIEW: Sometimes, Surrey, it’s hard not to get riled by rules

Imagine life without rules. We wouldn’t have to pay taxes, or eat our broccoli

Nominate someone now for 2019 Surrey Community Leader Awards

Easy online form for nominations in 11 categories, with reception planned this fall

Rents in most Canadian cities are unaffordable for lower-income earners: study

Roughly one-third of households, or 4.7 million, are renters

B.C. government seeks advice on reviving Interior forest industry

Public website opens as meetings start with community leaders

RCMP use helicopter and police dog to search for suspect on Sts’ailes First Nation

Small reserve near Agassiz surrounded by police vehicles, helicopter, ERT

North Delta happenings: week of July 18

Events and community listings for North Delta

Missing Vancouver Island woman believed to be on mainland

Rhonda Stevenson, 43, last seen July 13 in central Nanaimo

Psychics, drones being used to search for missing Chilliwack woman with dementia

Drones, psychics, dogs and more have been employed to help find Grace Baranyk, 86

Missing Greater Victoria man last seen in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

Jonah Donato, 40, travelled to the mainland in June

‘Benzos’ and fentanyl a deadly cocktail causing a growing concern on B.C. streets

Overdoses caused by benzodiazepines can’t be reversed with opioid-overdose antidote naloxone

Most Read