Native Seed Collection Workshop

July 20, 2021 - 8:00am to 4:00pm(PDT/PST)
Location: 
Bummers Flats Meadow Restoration Project

Native Seed Collection Workshop - promoted by BCIA Kootenay Boundary Branch (NOT eligible for Articling Program credits)

The workshop is limited to 12 people and registration will be on a first come, first serve basis. Another workshop is currently being scheduled for August.

To register for this workshop, please email Ella Both at ella.both@gov.bc.ca.

The Bummers Flats Pollinator Meadow Restoration project aims to create a biologically diverse and functioning herbaceous plant community to attract a wide range of native pollinators and discourage invasive species. The project is situated on the Bummers Flats Conservation Property, 6km north of Fort Steele. The study site is a levee that has significant populations of spotted knapweed and Russian knapweed. Repeated treatments over a period of at least 15 years have been required to manage invasive plants.The project aims to re-establish a native plant community which can compete with the continued influx and persistence of invasive plants. Facilitating a resilient plant community is imperative for the long-term ecological success of the site. Through seeding and planting native flower species, pollinator habitat will be enhanced by providing nectar, pollen, and nesting resources for listed pollinators such as the Western Bumblebee and the Silver-spotted Skipper, as well as numerous other native pollinators. Plant pollinator associations and the habitats that support these relationships is a critical, foundational ecological system threatened by invasive species, habitat degradation and climate change. 

Approximately one hectare of a formerly herbicide sprayed levee at Bummers Flats will be planted, monitored, and adapted over 5 years following a rigorous experimental design. The Bummers Flats Pollinator Meadow Restoration project is the first of its kind in the region and aims to provide an innovative approach that will inform future restoration efforts that address invasive plant management and pollinator habitat enhancement.

Hosts: Bren and Valerie, KinSeed Ecologies website: http://www.kinseed.ca/about-us/