On January 17th, 2011, Vancouver Park Board unanimously approved the [Download not found] and acknowledged SPES for its dedicated efforts on the task force. This Action Plan was a direct result of the release of SPES’s State of the Park Report for the Ecological Integrity of Stanley Park (SOPEI) in spring 2010 and will pave the way towards preserving the ecological integrity of Vancouver’s most beloved park for future generations.
The Ecological Action Plan represents success in several ways. Not only is it integral to the restoration of Stanley Park’s ecosystems, but it adds strength to the already strong working relationship between SPES and the Vancouver Park Board and has helped us fulfill our mission of playing a leadership role in the stewardship of Stanley Park.
Some of the Stanley Park Ecological Action Plan Recommendations included:
Beaver Lake and Bog
- Undertake a consultancy to (a) conduct an assessment of Beaver Lake’s environment and (b) report back to the Park’s Board with a recommended vision and strategy for implementation
- Update baseline information and take actions to restore the bog’s size and habitat values and install a boardwalk and viewing platform with signage to reduce damage to the bog from off-trail activities
Lost Lagoon’s Water Quality
- Conduct required maintenance of the lagoon’s existing biofiltration pond
- Continue with ongoing restoration of existing shoreline vegetation and other environmental improvements.
- Develop protocols to prevent sedimentation in the lagoon from trail/road runoff and operational activities where possible
Invasive Plant Species
- Use chemical control for the treatment of hogweed and knotweed and update invasive species maps of the Park
- Develop a program to increase awareness about invasive plant management within Park Board staff and contractors
- Provide material support for SPES’s efforts to control the majority of invasive plant species
Fragmentation of Habitat
- Replace 50 existing undersized culverts beneath trails to better facilitate the flow of water and wildlife and obstruct unofficial trails as part of routine forest maintenance
- Increase vigilance against off-trail bicycling and introduce bike barriers at minor trails, particularly in sensitive habitats
Species of Special Significance in Stanley Park
- Produce Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Species of Significance, a joint effort by Park Board and SPES staff
- Develop programs to increase awareness within Park Board staff and contractors and to integrate BMPs into operations