Sunday, July 17, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Removing Burdock, Why?

Burdock is an invasive species that damages the balance of the ecosystem, and disturbs the environment by preventing native plants to grow in the area of choice. At the ranch we enjoy a lot of wilderness settings and do the most to help with environmental and wildlife conservation. Burdock is one of the main concerns when it comes to plant conservation, as well as for the wildlife and the horses of the ranch. During the summer months, the horses are allowed to go and graze in the mountains but burdock can be dangerous for them. The burs of the burdock get stuck in the manes and tales of the horses, which is very difficult to remove. The burs can spread easily and get into the horses, or wildlife such as ungulates’ eyes, nose and mouth, creating an unwanted stress for the animals.

Due to the large size of their leaves burdock will shade out native plants and their thick and long roots deep in the ground take up the space, sun and nutrients for any other plant to grow.

When the fire occurred here in 2009, it burned so deeply in the earth that all the roots and seed banks were destroyed, preventing fast re-growth. When this happen the burdock colonized the area and started spreading and developing. So native plants that were little by little starting to regrow died because of the lack of resources. This has also affected the whole ecosystem as the native plants that were supposed to regrow. So at the ranch we volunteer to go and remove as much burdock that we can with a sense of satisfaction for having helped as much as we could the native environment, a well as we get to know our companions better and enjoy the outdoors! We want the horses and other wildlife affected by it to be able to graze and move around without having trouble and hopefully get the native plants growing better in order to balance the ecosystem.

Chilcotin Holidays

About Chilcotin Holidays

We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

Subscribe to this Blog via Email :