The Gabriola Commons property (26 acres) includes agricultural land, meadows and forests. Like many other properties on the Gulf Islands, non-native plant species (such as Daphne, Broom and Gorse) are prevalent and often take over a local ecosystem. In many cases, these non-native species displace native ones.
The extent of Daphne on the Commons requires continued removal before the planting of native species can take place. Thanks to the Wal-Mart Evergreen Green Grant, most of the invasive species will be removed and replaced by native plants. This work is being conducted by the Trails & Green Spaces Team and many volunteers including school children.
A major collaboration in Daphne removal occurred over the summer of 2010 by the campers at Camp Miriam as part of their community services program.
For more information contact Kit Szanto at trails[at]gabriolacommons.ca