BROOM MANAGEMENT SYSTEM SUCCESSION 2017-18

John Dean Provincial Park

          9 of 11 broom zones are mint;

          2 of 11 broom zones are controlled and require further attention;

          All meadows are maintained at less than 1.5yrs growth; and

          30min per zone is required to maintain the achievement.

 

Since 1991, Jarrett has been taking action: firstly removing the old-growth broom, and now their babies. Today the hard work is done! For future volunteers, the below tables describe the time and commitment required to maintain the achievement (approx. 36hrs each year).

 

THE 11 BROOM ZONES AT JOHN DEAN PARK

 

ZONE MEADOWS CLASSIFICATION PRIORITY
1 Airport Radar Tower Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
2 Upper Thomson Cabin Trail Special Place Priority 1, Internal
3 Coast Guard Radar Tower Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
4 Pickles’ Bluff Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
5 ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Trail Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
6 Woodward Trail Flagship Presentation Priority 1, Internal
7 Surveyors’ Trail Trail-side Viewpoint Priority 2, Boundary
8 West Viewpoint Trail-side Viewpoint Priority 2, Boundary
9 West Block Special Place Priority 1, Internal
10 Entrance Road Special Place Priority 1, Internal
11 Upper Gail Wickens’ Trail Special Place Priority 2, Boundary

 

The seedbank at John Dean Park is now largely exhausted. Noteworthy, few parks within the region have received such a long-time commitment towards the complete removal of broom.

A monthly commitment of 30min per zone is required to sustain the achievements. It’s now my great hope that a person or family adopt each zone. If you have a favorite spot you’d like to care for, contact Jarrett @ jarrettteague@yahoo.ca // 250-642-3031 // firstly a BC Parks “Volunteer Agreement” form needs to be completed and then we can start…

 

–          Broom Sponsor (encouragement / financial)

–          Broom Companion (2nd year & 1-2 zones)

–          Broom Supervisor (3rd year & 3+ zones)

–          Broom Principal (4th year & all zones)

 

ZONE LOCATION BACKGROUND SITUATION
1

 

2017

mint

Airport Radar Tower:

a)      West side of road, main

b)      East side of road

Flagship Presentation

 

1995, initial removal

 

Major removals occurred

 

2011, Jarrett adopted the meadow; seed bank not exhausted, requires monthly attention

 

2012-current, maintained at -11”

99% done

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Adjacent broom within MOT compound; unreliably cut

 

Removal actions required, 30min per month / 12hrs annually

 

2

 

2017

mint

Upper Thomson Cabin Trail:

a)      Center east side

b)      Base of slope

c)       Lower shelf

Flagship Presentation

 

1996, initial removal, Jarrett adopted the meadow

 

Seedbank not exhausted

99% done

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Removal actions required, 30min per month / 12hrs annually

3

 

2017

mint

Coast Guard Radar Tower:

a)      East of entrance road

b)      South metal fence line

c)       Lower-middle treeline

d)      North at wood fence

Flagship Presentation

 

1991, initial major removals occurred

 

1997, Jarrett adopted

 

1998-cruuent, maintained at -11”

99% done

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Seed bank exhausted

 

Requires 30min per month / 6hrs annually

 

4

 

2017

mint

Pickles’ Bluff:

a)      Bluff, center area

b)      Bluff, lower south end

c)       Bluff, lower north end

d)      Meadow, below and north

e)      Meadow south of steps

f)       Meadow far south of steps

g)      Meadow north of steps

 

Flagship Presentation

 

1991, initial removal

 

1992-98, Major removals occurred

 

1999, seed bank exhausted

 

2000-current, maintained at -11”

99% done

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Requires 30min per month / 6hrs annually

 

5

 

2017

mint

ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Trail:

a)      Fern Dell Trailhead

b)      East of trail, long ridge

c)       Lower eastern meadow

d)      Surrounding Forest

 

Flagship Presentation

 

1993, initial removal

 

Dr. Bryce Kendrick adopted; Many thanks Bryce who pulled in this location: 1995-2013

 

2008, seed bank exhausted

 

2009-current, maintained at -11”

99% done

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Requires 30min per month / 6hrs annually

6

 

2017

mint

Woodward Trail:

a)      Triangle Junction meadow

b)      Triangle Junction, area below and SW

c)       Ridge below Woodward

d)      Lower SE Gary oak Meadow

e)      Ridge above Woodward

Flagship Presentation

 

1993, initial removal

 

1999, Seed bank exhausted

 

Major adjacent seed bank on private property; ongoing action required forever

 

2000-current, maintained at -11”

99% done

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Requires 30min per month / 3hrs annually

 

7

 

2017

clear

Surveyors’ Trail:

a)      Viewpoint

b)      Viewpoint tree line

c)       Below viewpoint in forest

d)      Behind house

e)      Eastern meadow

f)       Eastern meadow in forest

g)      Above Surveyors’ Trail

h)      Above Surveyors’ Trail, north meadows

 

Trail-side Viewpoint

 

1992, initial removals

 

Ongoing removals by a few Friends occurred; many thanks to Dr. Bryce Kendrick who pulled in this location: 1995-2013

 

2015, Jarrett conducted a 26hr 100% removal throughout the entire area; committed to long-term monthly removals

 

Major adjacent seed bank on private property; ongoing action required forever

 

2015-current, maintained at -11”

2015, 99% removed

 

Maintained monthly

 

Requires 30min per month / 6hrs annually

8

 

2017

clear

West Viewpoint:

a)      Lower shelf

b)      Lower shelf, outer perimeter

Trail-side Viewpoint

 

1991, Initial pull; inconsistent removals occurred

 

2015, Jarrett conducted a 100% removal throughout the entire area; committed to long-term monthly removals

 

2015-current, maintained at -11”

2015, 99% removed

 

Forest broom within sight has been removed

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Requires 15min per month / 3hrs annually

 

 

9

 

2017

mint

West Block:

a)      Upper, above relocation

b)      Lower, above the multiple drainage channels

c)       Central meadow

Special Place

 

1996, initial removal

 

Inconstant removals occurred

 

2011, seed bank exhausted

 

2011-current, maintain at –11”

99% done

 

Checked quarterly

 

Requires 2hrs annually

10

 

2017

mint

Entrance Road:

a)      Upper Slektain Meadow

b)      Meadow below road corner

c)       Meadow above fire hydrant

d)      High ridge above road

e)      Overhang cliffs at road

f)       Meadow above Montfort West staircase

 

Special Place

 

1993, initial removal

 

maintained at -11”

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Requires 15min per month / 3hrs annually

11

 

2017

clear

Upper Gail Wickens’ Trail:

a)      South trailhead of Barret Montfort East

b)      Former viewpoint

c)       Haldon Park, center meadow

Special Place

 

2002, initial removal, inconsistent removals occurred

 

2006, last seeded; Jarrett adopted the zone

 

 

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Adjacent broom on private properties

 

Removal actions required, 30min per month / 12hrs annually

 

 

1)      Since 1991, Jarrett has removed broom and committed to all broom zones;

2)      Despite the parks exceptional situation; baby broom produces seeds during its third year. Therefore it’s essential that all broom be removed immediately to hedge against the 35mth deadline. For example, if a meadow is cleared of 12mth broom, the 36mth regrowth countdown is reset;

3)      Jarrett is networking towards a multi-volunteer Broom Succession Plan. Thus far neither the Friends of John Dean Park or an induvial has emerged;

4)      For autumn 2017, the broom at John Dean Park is under a 11mth level. Today, a new volunteer inherits a zero debt & zero deficit workload; and

5)      Interested in a favorite spot?    Contact Jarrett @ jarrettteague@yahoo.ca // 250-642-3031

 

 

 

EASY ASSESMENT | DEBT, DEFICIT, OWN

Jarrett’s 2015 thinking

 

STAGE EFFORT AGE/HEIGHT THREAT CONTROL
7 no concern 49mth / +31” seed generating abandonment
6 failure 48mth / +30” seed generating rejection of duty
5 setback 36-47mth / 24-29” seed producing negligence of duty
4 debt 24-35mth / 18-23” growth attention
3 deficit 12-23mth / 12-17” growth care
2 routine 3-11mth / 6-11” babies love
1 mastered 1-5” babies minimal own

 

 

THE WAY TO SUSTAIN BROOM FREE IS:

 

1)      Set mission statement: “ensure John Dean Park remains broom-free (under 11mths growth)”;

2)      Assign each meadow to a person or family who commits;

3)      Leadership monitors and updates the parks “Broom Register” quarterly (11 zones);

4)      The best time to surge on broom is October to December; conduct double checks January to February; avoid flower areas March to June; the monthly 30min per zone is crucial;

5)      As of 2017, each of the 11 zones requires 6hrs per year. For a committed 2nd year volunteer, recommend $1 per hour (approx. $6 per zone) which enables a thank-you, accountability and assures the zone is maintained as broom free. For an annual $54, a Friends organization can compensate, thank and ensure broom removal continues (especially if executives don’t work/tour within the park). Note: without a plan, broom grows!

6)      The remuneration allowance can be for:

  • reimburse clothing;
  • reimburse expenses;
  • acknowledge and thank volunteers; and

7)      I’m concerned if my recommendations aren’t followed, and broom regrows to +3yrs, seeds will be deposited thereby creating a setback of 15+yrs, meaning more and more work for future volunteers;

8)      Since 2003 the Friends haven’t participated and from my perspective appear as uninterested. Broom leadership is true stewardship, which I believe belongs within the Friends (where I started); and

9)      Jarrett believes the duty of a volunteer is to operate whereby less work is required from future volunteers.

 

 

QUALITIES OF VOLUNTEER BROOM SUPERVISORS:

Awareness – Interest – Time – Vigour – Ownership

 

1)      recognizes action is required;

2)      believes broom free must be sustained;

3)      identifies with the object of the exercise;

4)      commits exceptional worth to the park;

5)      performs well;

6)      achieves results;

7)      regards the role as a talent; and

8)      orchestrates succession plan.

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