As Helen Hall, Executive Director of FOCI, explained, “The broom is encroaching into both the fragile coastal sand ecosystem and the forested part of the Spit, competing with and shading out native vegetation growing here. We carry out a broom bash every year to keep it under control and to allow the native plants to recover and thrive.”
The volunteers – Leona Jensen, Ryan Harvey, Alex Bernier, Elizabeth Anderson, Don Hall, Dancing Wolf and Arlene Tompkins – removed broom re-growth from the whole of the Spit, including the threatened coastal sand ecosystem, helping to restore the natural vegetation growing here.
Links of interest
- (Cortes Currents) articles about, or mentioning, FOCI
- (Cortes Currents)FOCI: Maintaining Cortes Island Parks for 20 years
- Friends of Cortes Island website
- Friends of Cortes Island Facebook page
This program was funded by a grant from the Community Radio Fund of Canada and the Government of Canada’s Local Journalism Initiative.
Top photo credit: the March 2021 Broom Bash – courtesy FOCI