Outside my door, March is creeping out of the snow mound uncertain if it is too early…
With spring right around the corner , we begin to ready ourselves for the first installation of the season.
This particular site is on a Vancouver Island, Columbia Beach.
Located between Parksville and Qualicum, Columbia Beach hosts a small ferry terminal and has a salt water marshes full of life. The area has older residences and newer developments. Local feedback indicates that many people are concerned about the erosion in the area, so much so that it has effected development standards within the region. The community is moderate density with standard suburban lot sizes. Beach access is easy and many homes are water front.
The soil is a mixture of native parent material and imported material of silt, clay, and sand – depending on where you reside. The stages of development have left some sites with good natural soil, and others have a lot of imported material from the housing development. The site we are working on has a lot of waste material of sand, silt, with little organic matter. It is a severe site due to location, exposure and local ecology.
Our task is too turn an unused berm into an usable space that can will increase biodiversity.
Look for photos soon!
We will start this project March 10 2014!