Good ol’ Gorse Removal at Goodall

Event Details

April 10th, 2018, 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Raymond M. Goodall Nature Preserve, British Columbia
Habitat Restoration

The Raymond M. Goodall Nature Preserve needs a helping hand to remove the invasive gorse plants that harm the natural habitat on this conservation area and beyond. Come out with Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) conservation staff and contribute to the ongoing restoration of Salt Spring Island’s special ecosystems. During our lunch break we will be treated to a special talk by acclaimed naturalist, writer and educator — and Salt Spring local — Briony Penn.

This is an excellent opportunity to see a beautiful part of the Raymond M. Goodall Nature Preserve, and to gain naturalist and conservation skills within a coastal community in the Southern Gulf Islands.

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More Information

About Raymond M. Goodall Nature Preserve

The Raymond M. Goodall Nature Preserve lies along the south shore of Salt Spring Island. The conservation area spans the shoreline, coastal bluffs and Coastal Douglas-fir forest. These ecosystems support disproportionately high levels of biodiversity in comparison to other ecosystems in coastal British Columbia, contributing significantly to the richness of flora and fauna in the Gulf Islands.

What you will be doing

Volunteers will help in the ongoing restoration efforts on this conservation area. We will be removing gorse, an invasive plant that out-competes local native species. Volunteers will also learn how to use the iNaturalist app while conducting a mini bioblitz (species survey) on the conservation area.

Why you will love it

Use or gain new naturalist and conservation skills while working on a beautiful ecological reserve with spectacular views of Tth'umuqwa (Russell Island). You will also get the chance to hear from the passionate Briony Penn about conservation and her history with these lands.


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Please Note

If you are coming from Vancouver Island you will need to catch the 9:00am ferry from Swartz Bay.

Moderate fitness level required
No toilets on site
Carpooling can be arranged
All tools will be provided by NCC
Water and snacks will be provided
Item Checklist

While we do our best to provide you with the tools you need to participate, please bring the following items if you have them:

  • Layers for weather
  • Sturdy footware
  • Raingear (if necessary)
  • A tablet or smartphone (for the bioblitz)
  • Your own gloves and loppers if you prefer
  • Lunch
  • Water in reuseable bottle
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Camera (optional)