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Community Invasive Plant Removal - Himalayan Balsam

May 27, 2017, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Invasive species can pose significant hazards to our environment, infrastructure, economy and health. To help raise public awareness of invasive species and to provide residents with an opportunity to help ecological restoration, Delta is hosting two invasive plant removal events this spring and summer. Come out and join us in these hands-on learning activities!

Time: 10 am - 12 pm

Location: Along Cougar Creek. Meet at Westview Drive cul-de-sac, 200 m south of 72 Avenue. The pull will occur in riparian area on the east side of Westview Drive. parking is available on Westview Drive. 

Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) is rapidly taking over the streambanks of Cougar Creek.  While it produces pretty flowers in late summer, the plant dies back in the winter, leaving the streambanks prone to erosion.  Himalayan balsam is best removed May to June, before the plant develops seedpods; otherwise, the seedpods will explode when touched, spreading the seeds.

For volunteers wary of removing ivy or blackberry, Himalayan balsam removal offers respite!  Unlike many invasive plants, Himalayan Balsam is very easy to pull; no thorns, no dangerous sap, and very shallow roots make this plant ideal to remove for most age groups. 

Gloves and juice boxes will be provided. 

Note: the area is quite muddy, even in summer, so wear appropriate footwear.  Mosquito repellent is recommended.