General News · 21st November 2016
Friends of Cortes Island Helen
Bushels of roses to everyone who came out to our broom bashing event at Mansons Landing Provincial Park on Friday.
We had a wonderful turnout and did an awesome job! We managed to remove the broom from the whole of the spit, and even had time to work in other parts of the park too!
It was an amazing morning, and great community effort - what a difference - the park is looking great! Thanks again to everyone who came out.
Want to help? Keep watch for our next session, which will be in February.
Let it Be
Comment by Nancy Atkinson on 22nd November 2016
I would like to ask that the Manson's broom pullers rethink what they are doing and why. In the past Manson's spit was not a "sand dune" ecosystem, it is becoming one due to severe erosion. Thirty years ago the spit was rimmed with large mature broom which retained the soil and, more importantly, stopped the now heavy human traffic up and down its banks. Since the loss of vegetation, i.e. broom pulling, the erosion has accelerated to where it seems a mature conifer's roots are undermined every year.
Human beings have completely altered each and every environment on the planet - there is no pure place before introduced species that we can return to - so, at least in this case, why not just let nature have her way and protect the spit for us.
Sincerely, Nancy Atkinson