Environment

CLASS Meeting, September 25, 2019

Cultus Lake Aquatic Stewardship Strategy

The next CLASS meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Location: DFO research complex, 4222 Columbia Valley Hwy., Cultus Lake, B.C.

Discussion items include addressing invasive smallmouth bass in the lake, milfoil mitigation work, counting geese, water quality tests, fundraising, society formation and more.

All Cultus residents and those who want to keep Cultus Lake healthy are welcome to attend. If you care for Cultus, you’re a steward!

Contact ctoth@fraserbasin.bc.ca or Dave Clyne at daclynes@telus.net for details.

 

Trees! Trees! Trees!

For those paying attention, you may have noticed that there are quite a few more trees at the Cultus Lake Park waterfront. In fact, 12 new, beautiful trees have been planted (three gingko, two dawn redwood, six maple and one dogwood).

This project, led by the Environmental and Public Area’s Planning Committee of the Cultus Lake Board – which is chaired by Cultus Lake Park Board Commissioner Darcy Bauer and vice chaired by Commissioner Larry Payeur – involved Park staff, committee members and residents working together towards the replacement of the old trees along the shoreline and restoration of the lost canopy.  

The trees were selected to provide shade in summer, colour in the fall, and, because they lose their leaves, they will help to maximize winter light. These will be tall trees, and each will have its branches pruned up as they grow. This will allow for open space underneath so that they won’t have too much of an impact on the amazing views of Cultus Lake.  

Native and beneficial plants were planted under the trees to support the trees’ growth and have been mulched to retain moisture and reduce weeds. Residents have adopted the trees and are committed to keeping them watered.

The Cultus Lake Park Board, along with donations from residents, funded this project.

Here’s a fun tree fact from the Environmental and Public Area’s Planning Committee:  Trees absorb odors and pollutant gases (nitrogen oxides, ammonia, sulfur dioxide and ozone) and filter particulates out of the air by trapping them on their leaves and bark.

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