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Volunteers needed to tackle invasive plants at Whiffin Spit

Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society targets Scotch broom
The Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society will host a series of events this spring to rid Whiffin Spit of invasive plant species. (File - Black Press Media)

The Juan de Fuca Community Trails Society seeks volunteers for its annual invasive species removal initiative, with a target of removing Scotch broom from picturesque Whiffin Spit Park.

Following a successful campaign last year, where volunteers dedicated more than 116 hours across six sessions, the society is again mobilizing its efforts in response to the reemergence of broom in 2024.

Broom is a persistent invader; the seed can remain viable for decades, presenting a continuing challenge for the local ecosystem. The majority of the broom stands at approximately 30 centimetres in height, which can be quickly addressed with timely action and a few helping hands.

Beyond tackling broom, the group will also address the recent encroachment of invasive blackberry at Whiffin Spit, aiming to protect and restore the area’s native ecosystem.

The first volunteer session, titled Clean Up, Meet Up, is scheduled for Tuesday (March 5), from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Interested individuals can find details and future dates on the JDFCTS Facebook page.

For more information and to get involved, please contact Rosemary Jorna by email at or by phone at 250-642-2767.

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