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Restoring our Garry Oak Ecosystem

Mar 5, 2024 11:52:09 AM

GOER-volunteers-cropOur Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration project has begun! On Saturday, March 2, a small but hardy band of volunteers started work on removing English Ivy, Himalayan Blackberry, and other invasive plants from the properties of St. Andrew’s Regional High School, Sacred Heart Parish, and the Diocesan Pastoral Centre.

These properties are located in a Garry Oak ecosystem, one of the most endangered ecosystems in Canada. Once common throughout southeastern Vancouver Island, these ecosystems play an important role in cultural heritage. Coast Salish people have harvested food and medicines from this ecosystem for hundreds of years. Garry Oak ecosystems also provide important habitat to a large diversity of plants and animals, including many species at risk.

GOER-before and afterBefore and after pictures of spring bulbs freed from the ivy

GOER-Bishop and Bill cropAs Catholics, our faith teaches us that creation should be cherished and renewed. Participating in ecosystem restoration projects is one way to put our faith into action and heed Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home.

The Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration project will continue through the spring, summer, and fall. All are welcome to join us on any Saturday morning from 10 am – noon, rain or shine. We hope to see you there!

 

 

The Office of the Chancery

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