The District of Lake Country recently removed the invasive species blackberry and Tree of Heaven plants from a popular beach area, and is now planning to plant native tree species in the area thanks to funding from the Tree Canada/BC Hydro grant.
“We are very appreciative of the Tree Canada/BC Hydro grant for assistance with the cost of the new plants,” says Mayor James Baker.
According to Steve Schaffrick, Director of Community & Customer Services, in 2008 the District, with the assistance of a Registered Biologist, completed the Invasive Plant Management Strategy for the Okanagan Centre Greenspace and has been working on implementing the recommended actions.
“Trained District horticulturists will provide ongoing care and maintenance for the new trees and other plant materials. The $8,000 grant from the Tree Canada/BC Hydro program will allow the District to purchase the plants and trees and the District’s contribution includes labour and equipment rental,” says Schaffrick.
The Tree Canada Foundation/BC Hydro Community Tree Planting Program objectives are to:
- Enhance urban open space;
- Restore and reclaim lands to a green state;
- Beautify parks and outdoor recreation areas;
- Create habitat and support stewardship actions; and
- Diversify and enhance urban forests.