Forest restoration continues at park

Work restoring the forest surrounding Pioneer Park continues with a work party scheduled for Nov. 12.

Work restoring the forest surrounding Pioneer Park continues with a work party scheduled for Nov. 12.

Over the past year, nearly one hectare of forest land along Dickinson Road – from the Nanaimo Hornets Rugby Club to the football fields – have been thinned out to improve the ecosystem.

Students from Dover Bay Secondary School’s Ecoclub lent a hand at last month’s work party, helping remove spindly trees growing below the larger ones that block the sunlight.

“Anyone who has been to the forest in Pioneer Park can easily see that the trees are too crowded together,” said Cassandra Elphinstone, a Grade 12 student and ecoclub member.  “As a result of the crowding, the trees are very spindly, and many are dead.”

The Nov. 12 work party takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Participants are asked to wear boots and work clothes and bring gloves, water and snacks. Hand tools for thinning the trees will be provided.

For more information, please e-mail michael.geselbracht@gmail.com or call 250-390-3047.