We support and undertake many restoration projects to enhance and protect habitat. Natural areas restoration projects cover three main areas:

  • Invasive plant species removal
  • Trail closures
  • Waterways

Trail closure and restoration

We have increased the amount of restoration projects over the last few years; from waterway restoration on Swan and Mount Douglas Creeks to small sites scattered throughout our many natural area parks.

Planting during 2015 Tree Appreciation Day

Invasive Plant Species Removal 

Staff and volunteers are creating opportunities to restore sites with native plants like Sword fern, Salal, Hardhack, Oregon Grape, Rose, Elderberry, Mock Orange and many more.

  • Pulling Together Volunteer Program Browning Park - old blackberry patchstaff and volunteers spend more than 10,000 hours each year removing invasive species. 
  • Many school and youth groups also help get rid of invasive plants.

Trail Closures

Please stick to the dedicated trails. Here’s what happens when you don’t:

  • Compacts soil
  • Damages plants
  • Spreads invasive plants — Garlic Mustard spread because of off-trail use in Mount Douglas Park

Sensitive wet area with skunk cabbage

Natural areas parks have well established trail systems to help the public explore and experience the diverse ecosystems within Saanich.

Split rail at Mt. Doug Creek

We use split rail fencing, mulching and planting to restrict access and restore many of these sites.

Creek Restoration

We’re restoring Douglas Creek to help restore fish habitat and bank stability. Parks and Public Works crews have worked on this project together.

Restoring creek bed

Creek work close to Ash bridge

Other waterway restoration projects by staff and volunteers include Swan, Todd, Bowker and Colquitz Creeks.

These habitat restoration projects have significantly enhanced fish habitat. We have many dedicated Saanich residents to thank.

We are also managing Purple Loosestrife and Yellow Flag Iris along several water ways including Colquitz Creek and Viaduct Flats.

Yellow flag iris at Whitehead ParkVolunteers removing Yellow flag iris at Whitehead Park

Volunteers carefully dig out invasive plants by hand before they go to seed. This slows the spread of the plant and helps native species re-establish.