Garry Oak preservation gets $2.5 million boost from federal government

By Administrator
Date: 
Fri, 2009-11-20 (All day)

The federal government will pour $2.5 million over the next five years into the restoration of Garry oak ecosystems in the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve and Fort Rodd Hill national historic site. Saanich-Gulf Islands Conservative MP Gary Lunn made the announcement at noon today at the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve operations centre. “Garry oak ecosystems are some of the rarest and most beautiful landscapes in Canada,” Lunn said, in a press release. The restoration will focus on removing invasive plant species and planting thousands of native plants. The Garry oak ecosystem serves more than 100 rare pant and animal species at risk of extinction, according to the government. The project also aims to work with many community groups involved with preserving Garry oak ecosystems such as the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team. ceharnett@tc.canwest.com © Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist