Invasives: Ulex europaeus - gorse, in Stanley Park

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    This looks like a nice little ornamental planting of Ulex europaeus along the seawall across from the Rowing Club in Stanley Park.
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    I see in an old thread that @Ron B quoted a pretty horrifying account of the 1936 Bandon, Oregon fire that was fueled so well by the gorse.
    esoteric properties of scotch broom
    I wouldn't think Stanley Park would be a good place to have this.
     
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    Margot Generous Contributor

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    There is nowhere in Canada, or North America for that matter, where there is a good place for Ulex europaeus. As bad as Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) is environmentally and as difficult as it is to eradicate, gorse is even worse because of its thorns. I mentioned in another thread recently how a 6 acre property on Vancouver Island harboured broom and gorse for at least 30 years and, no doubt, is responsible for much of the proliferation of both scourges locally.

    So, even if someone has to go out by stealth of night to yank up the weeds across from the Rowing Club, they'll be doing a service to the environment. Wendy?
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    I made a report online, from my desktop. I received a reply today:
    Thank you for the gorse report. I am fairly certain the City of Vancouver Parks Board is familiar with this site (as they have treated it in the past), however, I have sent it to them as a reminder that it needs attention.

    For future reports, there is a provincial Report-A-Weed webpage or if you have a smartphone you can download one of two mobile apps that allow you to make reports while you are at the site. Reports go directly to a BC specialist for the reported species who will then coordinate follow-up activities with appropriate authorities when required. You can even upload photos to the report.

    Click here for the online report form or links to download the apps.
    I thought using the online form would be pretty much the same - there was no indication that it was a less-preferred reporting method, but it sounds like the app is the way to go, since they prefer it and you can attach photos.
     

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