the March 2021 Broom Bash

Broom Bash in Mansons Landing Provincial Park

On Saturday, March 13th, the Friends of Cortes Island (FOCI) carried out a Broom Bash in Mansons Landing Provincial Park

Photo from the 2020 Broom Bash – courtesy FOCI

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. 

Another view of the March 2021 Broom Bash in Mansons Landing Provincial Park

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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

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