WELCOME TO SURREY'S GREEN TIMBERS URBAN FOREST

Are you ready for a new challenge? Do you like nature, trees, and -- most importantly -- people? The Green Timbers Heritage Society is looking for a few people able to take this institution (est. 1989) to the next level with fresh thinking, a positive attitude and an understanding of how to work with volunteers and branches of City government. Ideal for retired people with an interest in preserving natural areas. 

We have several positions opening up in November, 2014:

1.  President: as chair of the organization you will be responsible for the overall direction of the society, be familiar with the history and challenges facing this unique urban forested area, and be willing and able to communicate effectively with different stakeholders. You should be comfortable with email, the phone and meeting people. Time commitment: up to 5 hours a week.

2.  Treasurer: The Green Timbers Heritage Society is involved in the administration of different projects, including the Surrey Natural Areas Partnership (SNAP). The budget is over $150,000. You will be responsible for writing cheques, demanding receipts and keeping the books in order. It helps if you know which side of the ledger credits and debits are. Time commitment: up to 5 hours a month.

3.  Directors-at-large: We're also looking for people to help with other projects. Time commitment: whatever you can give.

If you're interested in education and preserving and enhancing the Green Timbers Urban Forest please send an email to GreenTimbersSociety@gmail.com.

Deer Fern

Deer Fern - Polypodiales Polypodiaceae Blechnum spicant

 
 
 

Identification & Description:
Deer Fern (Blechnum spicant) Very common understory on upland prairies, less common in forest understory. Two types of fronds occur on these fern. Sterile fronds are perennial, growing in radial pattern from rhizomes with pairs of leathery leaflets. One to three fertile fronds are deciduous, growing vertically from center of clump with smaller leaflets and rolled margins. Growth forms, especially size, are different between forest and prairie. Forest deer fern are typical of the species, with fronds 20-120 cm long, 35-70 pairs of leaflets on each frond, with leaflets 1-5 cm long. These fern look similar to Sword Fern. Deer fern on the prairies are very stunted. Fronds are less than 20 cm long, often less than 10 cm with 10-20 leaflet pairs less than 2 cm long.

Physical Characteristics
An evergreen fern growing to 0.3m by 0.3m at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 5. It is in leaf all year, and the seeds ripen from June to August. We rate it 2 out of 5 for usefulness.

The plant prefers light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. The plant prefers acid and neutral soils and can grow in very acid soil. It can grow in full shade (deep woodland) semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires moist soil.

Edible Uses
Leaves; Root.
Root - cooked. An emergency food, used when all else fails.

Young shoots (often called croziers) - cooked. The young tender stems can be peeled and the centre portion eaten. An emergency food, it is only used when all else fails. It is also chewed to alleviate thirst on long journeys.

Other Uses
Ground cover.
A good ground cover plant. Relatively slow growing but succeeding in the dense shade of trees.

Cultivation details
A calcifuge plant, it prefers a moist shady nook in the rock garden or a position in open woodland in a moist soil. Succeeds in quite dense tree shade if the soil is moist. Prefers a moist position and a northerly aspect but succeeds in sun and in clay soils.

A polymorphic and very ornamental species, there are several named varieties.

Members of this genus are rarely if ever troubled by browsing deer.

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