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BROOM MANAGEMENT SYSTEM SUCCESSION | 2021-22

ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/John Dean Provincial Park

2021 exceptionalism has made the park broom-free. The result is the way ahead for new volunteers has been eased (fresh starts).

  • 11 of 11 broom zones are mint;
  • End-2021 the broom zones were totally cleared;
  • 55 hrs per year is required to maintain the achievement. All meadows are maintained at minus 6”; if anything is missed it’s caught soon after. By October 2021, every sprout had been removed; and
  • BC Parks or myself as a private citizen do not ask a minimum amount of time or effort. Anything people give, no matter how big or small is appreciated.

 

This story is posted for future volunteers. The below tables describe the time and commitment required to maintain and sustain the achievement.

 

THE 11 BROOM ZONES AT ȽÁU,WELṈEW̱/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 is now largely exhausted. Each year fewer hours are needed to secure each zone. Noteworthy, few parks within the region have received such a long-time commitment towards the complete removal of broom.

It’s now my great hope that a person or family adopt each zone. If you have a favorite spot, you love and would like to care for, contact Jarrett @ jarrettteague@yahoo.ca // 250-642-3031 for volunteer info:

 

ZONE LOCATION BACKGROUND SITUATION
1

 

2021

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 almost, requires monthly attention

 

2021, the entire zone is broom-free

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Adjacent broom within MOT compound; unreliably cut

 

Removal actions required, 30min per month / 6hrs annually

 

2

 

2021

mint

Upper Thomson Cabin Trail:

a)       Center east of slope

b)      Base of slope

c)       Lower shelf

Flagship Presentation

 

1996, initial removal, Jarrett adopted the meadow

 

Seedbank almost exhausted

 

End-2021, the entire zone is broom-free

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Removal actions required, 15min per month / 4hrs annually

3

 

2021

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

 

End-2021, the entire zone is broom-free

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Seed bank almost exhausted

 

Requires 15min per month / 4hrs annually

4

 

2021

mint

Pickles’ Bluff:

a)       Bluff, center area

b)      Bluff, lower south end

c)       Bluff, lower north end

d)      Bluff, far north side

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

 

Seed bank is near exhausted

 

End-2021, the entire zone is broom-free

99% done

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Requires 30min per month / 6hrs annually

 

5

 

2021

mint

ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Trail:

a)       Fern Dell Trailhead

b)      West of trail, upper area

c)       East of trail, along ridge

d)      East of trial, middle slope

e)      East of trail, lower S area

f)        East of trail, lower SE area

g)       Northward towards the bluff

 

Flagship Presentation

 

1993, initial removal

 

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

 

2008, seed bank exhausted

 

2009-current, maintained at -11”

 

End-2021, the entire zone is broom-free

99% done

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Requires 8-10hrs annually

6

 

2021

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

 

End-2021, the entire zone is broom-free

99% done

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Requires 30min per month / 8hrs annually

 

7

 

2021

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 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

 

This is the 6th year of total removal. End-2021, the entire zone is broom-free

2015, 99% removed

 

Maintained quarterly

 

Requires 30min per month / 15hrs annually

8

 

2021

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

 

End-2021, the entire zone is broom-free

2015, 99% removed

 

Forest broom within sight has been removed

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Requires 15min per month / 5hrs annually

 

 

9

 

2021

mint

 

West Block:

a)       Upper, above relocation

b)      Lower, above the multiple drainage channels

c)       Central meadow

d)      Arbutus Ridge slope, west

e)      Arbutus Ridge slope, east

Special Place

 

1996, initial removal

 

Inconstant removals occurred

 

2011, seed bank exhausted

 

End-2021, the entire zone is broom-free

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Requires 4hrs annually

10

 

2021

mint

Entrance Road:

a)       Upper Slektain Meadow

b)      Meadow below road corner

c)       Meadow above fire hydrant

d)      High ridge above road

e)      Cliffs above road

f)        Meadows above Montfort Trail West

Special Place

 

1993, initial removal

 

maintained at -11”

 

2021, the entire zone is broom-free

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Requires 15min per month / 5hrs annually

11

 

2021

clear

Upper Gail Wickens’ Trail:

a)       South trailhead of Barret Montfort Trail East

b)      Former viewpoint

c)       Haldon Park, center meadow, includes Daphne (3hrs)

d)      Haldon Park, Daphne (3hrs)

Special Place

 

2002, initial removal, inconsistent removals occurred

 

2006, last seeded; Jarrett adopted the zone. Two broom seeded in 2020.

 

End-2021, the entire zone is broom-free

99% done

 

Maintained bi-annually

 

Adjacent broom on private properties

 

Removal actions required, 15min per month / 6hrs annually

 

 

  • In 1991, Jarrett and a committed group of six Friends started to remove the major broom throughout the park. The initial removal of the big broom (2” girth) took six years of hard work. By 1998, the large seed producing broom was gone, and the meadows were growing a continual lawn of baby broom. By 2002, the broom growth slowed and thinned, but continued. Only Bryce Kendrick and Jarrett Teague continued to steadfastly remove broom;
  • Broom produces seeds during its third year, those seeds can remain in the ground for 25+ years, and therefor it is 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;
  • Jarrett is working towards establishing a multi-volunteer Broom Succession Plan;
  • For end-2021, all broom, including the tiny sprouts have been removed. Today, a new volunteer will inherit a zero deficit workload, and can ease into finding the new growth, and easily remove new baby broom; and
  • Interested in a favorite spot? Contact Jarrett @ jarrettteague@yahoo.ca , 250-642-3031

 

EASY MEADOW 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

 

 

SELF-ASSESSMENT | BROOM INVOLVEMENT SPECTRUM

Jarrett’s 2017 thinking

 

 

I don’t know

 

Park visitor

 

Visits the park for a great park experience.

Likely doesn’t want to know about and/or hear about broom, or support those who are involved.

 

I don’t know

 

Level: 1

Park visitor who cares about the park.

Who may have a vague awareness of broom, but does not understand its scope or what they need to learn.

 

I know

 

Level: 2

Park regular who can describe the broom situation, and can remove some broom with support.

They understand what they need to learn to personally progress.

 

I can

 

Level: 3

Park regular who regularly removes broom with little to no support.

They reflexively remove broom without necessarily thinking through it step by step.

 

I am

 

Level: 4

Park reliable who persistently removes broom without any support.

They instinctively seek and remove broom throughout the park, step by step.

 

I guarantee

 

Level: 5

Park steward who has committed that she/he will remove broom prior to 18mths/18” growth, to methodically ensure all broom is removed from the parks 11 broom zones.

Does not require support; does not require thanks; maintains the Master Broom Register; and ensures all work is done each year.

 

10th

 

Level: 6

Invasive Broom Remover in their 10th + year; deserving of official acknowledgement from BC Parks.

 

Has searched and removed extensively. The words value and worth are explored in the speech at your recognition dinner.

 

 

THE WAY TO SUSTAIN BROOM FREE IS:

 

  • Set mission statement: “ensure the park remains broom-free (under 11mths growth)”;
  • Assign each meadow to a person or family who commits;
  • Leadership monitors and updates the parks “Broom Register” quarterly (11 zones);
  • The best time to surge on broom is October to December; conduct double checks January to February; avoid flower areas March to June; 30min monthly per zone is crucial;
  • To operate whereby less work is required from future volunteers;
  • Should Jarrett die and/or be medically unable to continue, the Friends of John Dean Park and BC Parks will need to quickly react and immediately hire a hardcore induvial who will assure the continued result. At $25hr x 60, the minimum cost annually will be $1,500;
  • If the meadows are not attended to properly every six months, within 3yrs a tremendous setback will occur. Who owns that nightmare will be the people alive; and
  • As of this writing, I need to have faith this accomplishment will be continued.

 

  • Broom Sponsor (encouragement / supporter)
  • Broom Companion (2nd year & 1-2 zones)
  • Broom Supervisor (3rd year & 3+ zones)
  • Broom Principal (4th year & all zones)

 

QUALITIES OF VOLUNTEER BROOM COMPANIONS:

Awareness – Interest – Time – Vigor – Ownership

 

  • recognizes action is required;
  • believes broom free must be sustained;
  • identifies with the object of the exercise;
  • commits exceptional worth to the park;
  • performs well;
  • achieves results;
  • regards the role as a talent; and
  • orchestrates a succession plan.

 

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