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General News · 27th October 2017
Helen Friends of Cortes Island
Friends of Cortes Island invites you to help remove the broom in Mansons Provincial Park on Friday November 3 from 10 am - 1 pm.

We will be removing broom around the edge of the lagoon, and tackling re-growth from last year on the spit and in the sand dune ecosystem.

Ryan Harvey and Alex Bernier, FOCI’s parks’ coordinators, will be supervising the work, following guidance from BC Parks.

If you would like to help, please come along! Please bring loppers if you have them (no chainsaws please) and wear suitable wet weather gear, work gloves and sturdy boots.

Delicious muffins and hot drinks will be provided. Everyone welcome!

Event to proceed come rain or shine. Please meet at 10am in the parking lot.
broom makes excellent fire starter
Comment by Ray on 30th October 2017
Yes finally a use for the old broom bush problem.
Broom is a very waxy type plant and it burns almost like oil or wax does in a fire.
If you can dry the broom it works even more effectively but even green broom will burn brite.

Broom draws the water out of soil and dehydrates indigenous plants causing them to dry die and even go extinct and therefore ALL broom everywhere should be removed. What will happen though is the seeds left will sprout next spring.

I've often cut the broom bush at ground level using a weed eater with a circular saw blade instead of the string twine. It probably is better to pull up in fall roots and all but I've not had issues with cutting to base. Some of the ones I've cut are decades old and quite thick at base and no matter what seeds will drop offering you opportunity to pull starts in Spring.

Whatever broom you can pull will make great fire starter material. Try it, you'll like it...