Save these trees, please!

The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team coordinates efforts to protect and restore the dwindling ecosystems and the more than 100 at-risk species that make their homes in Garry Oak environments.

The team will use a $4,000 grant from the Victoria Foundation to deliver a series of regional workshops on its revised National Recovery Strategy for Garry Oak and Associated Ecosystems and Associated Species at Risk. These events will provide information on the overall recovery strategy and bring conservation partners together to develop collaborative strategies to address ecosystem-based recovery in the face of climate change.

“We believe everyone can have an impact on this work, so our idea was to develop a strategy that outlines something everyone can do,” said executive director Shyanne Smith. In addition to outlining the progress made to date, the new strategy will identify activities for individuals, local government planners, researchers and others. Homeowners, for example, are encouraged to use the tools and resources the team has developed to restore lawns or yards to Garry Oak meadows.

The workshop schedule will be finalized in May. Check for updated information. The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team is an example of 2012 environmental projects supported by the Victoria Foundation.