This Monday the terrestrial restoration at SNIDCEL was greatly helped along by some machine work to remove and burn a large tract of Himalayan Blackberry (Rubus discolor) from a central location near the junction of trails and the roadway that leads to the Benvenuto Dr gate. SeaChange Marine Conservation Society was so grateful to everyone who cooperated to make this a reality: BC Parks, Central Saanich Fire Department, Butchart Gardens, Peninsula Streams and its heavy equipment operator, Walter Langer, and First Nations. Before the machine work Anna Spahan of Tsartlip First Nation led a prayer with SeaChange and Peninsula Streams staff. SNIDCEL is a sacred place that has seen so much disruption over time… we are honoured to be a part of its ongoing restoration!
Forrest Owens and his staff from the Fire Department provided support throughout the burn which was extinguished totally on Tuesday afternoon. A big thanks to Ian Bruce for organizing the excavator and participating in planning! This effort was a wonderful collaboration of peoples for the benefit of this special place.