Forests of Fir – Not Scotch Broom.

Broombusters Tree Planting Project:  Forests prevent broom from spreading.  Scotch broom prevents forest from re-growing.  One of the most immediate and personal action we can take to fight the Climate Crisis is to plant trees.  Mosaic donated 200 Douglas fir seedlings.  In November 2019, Broombusters planted them either in places where we have removed broom or where broom is likely to spread.  


 RESOLUTION from the Town of Qualicum Beach for AVICC 2023 

Control of Scotch Broom (Cytisus Scoparious) 

WHEREAS Climate Change brings us longer periods of drought and hotter temperatures in which Scotch broom, a highly flammable invasive species with high oil content and dry branches, will thrive and act as a volatile flash fuel, increasing the risk of wildfires and specifically Urban Interface Fires; and 

WHEREAS Scotch broom spreads densely and rapidly, inhibiting forests regrowth, and negatively impacting agricultural production and native species, with a 2021 study for the Invasive Species Council of BC (ISCBC) designating Scotch broom as the Top Worse Offender – the invasive species doing the greatest harm to species at risk in BC; 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that AVICC and UBCM work with the Province to establish and implement actionable steps to control the aggressive spread of Scotch broom all across BC, including implementing broom-free fire breaks along long stretches of broom; and 

FURTHER BE IT RESOLVED, that local governments are encouraged to use bylaws and policies to control and manage Scotch broom near and within urban boundaries.