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General News · 12th April 2018
georgina silby for CFGP
Last weekend, we gathered in the community forest to basically rescue some trees we planted in the last couple of years. The deer have developed a new appetite for douglas fir trees, which we had not previously protected, so now we are having to cone them, as well as the cedar. Much of the coned cedar needs some maintenance, in terms of fixing cones and removing competing plants such as salal, ferns and brambles, which are smothering the young cedar trees. This activity, working as an inter-generational team and stand tending was much more enjoyable than I imagined. The sun even came out. Being one of the few people who has never tree planted for a living in BC, after a little training, I took to the activity right away, and loved caring for the little trees. It feels really good, increasing their chances of survival, while hearing all the birds and observing life in the forest, post harvest. Thanks very much to those that came out and please consider joining us again, this Saturday 10am at Larson's Meadow. Bring gloves, appropriate clothing, boots, hand pruners, small mallets, tree planting shovels and bags if you have them. Water and snacks recommended also. Hope to see you there.