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Abstract of TERP Project #4-11

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Restoration plan: Kenna Cartwright Municipal Park

Author(s): British Columbia Conservation Foundation; Tarasoff, Catherine
Imprint: Kamloops, B.C. : British Columbia Conservation Foundation, 2002
Subject: Restoration Ecology, British Columbia, Forest Investment Account (FIA)
Series: Terrestrial Ecosystem Restoration Program Forest Investment Account (FIA) - Land Base Investment Program

Abstract

Grassland ecosystems throughout the province are experiencing drastic shifts in ecosystem structure and function as a result of fire suppression, weed invasion and recreation/development. Kenna Cartwright Park is no exception. This large municipal park on the outskirts of Kamloops gives land managers the opportunity to develop, implement and study restoration techniques over the long term. Activities carried out by the BC Conservation Foundation in 2001/2002 included historical reference ecosystem research and data collection, developing a restoration plan, biocontrol and vegetation monitoring, re-vegetation, manual weed removal, erosion control on trails, experimental tree thinning, interpretive signage, guided walks, trail closures, and other forms of access control. Research on historic stand structure revealed that stems per hectare were less than 50 on northern aspects and less than 20 on flat/southern aspects - these densities are far lower than expected. Research on ‘benchmark’ conditions such as this was used to set restoration targets in the restoration plan. The biocontrol and vegetation monitoring component of the work was done to determine how well biocontrol agents previously released by the Ministry of Forests were working. Bioagent larval densities for knapweed were very low and their impact appeared to be relatively insignificant. As well, no correlation was found between distance from release point and weed densities or larval densities; however, the original data was inadequate to develop substantial conclusions. Re-vegetation included 2 km of closed trail using bluebunch wheatgrass tillers that had been collected and divided in the Spring. A research paper was submitted to the Journal of Native Plants regarding the efficacy of propagating native Bluebunch wheatgrass via tiller division. Public education was a big part of the program and various hikes, presentations, and television interviews helped inform the public of the restoration effort. The restoration plan (including the reference ecosystem research) is available from the Ministry library: Tarasoff, C. 2002. Restoration Plan - Kenna Cartwright Municipal Park.
Submitted to the Terrestrial Ecosystem Restoration Program by the British Columbia Conservation Foundation, Kamloops, BC.
Project Name: Kenna Cartwright Park Restoration Project, #4-11
Project Proponent: British Columbia Conservation Foundation
Keywords: grassland restoration, open forest restoration, noxious weeds, biological control.


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