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Wednesday, October 21, 2009 | announcements & events

Fall Update 2009

deltoid balsamroot

A new deltoid balsamroot subpopulation was discovered summer 2009 (photo by Chris Junck)

Recovery Team News
GOERT and partners were busy in summer 2009 working on many restoration and habitat protection projects and mapping rare species and habitat.
Projects included:
• monitoring the only remaining population of coastal vesper sparrow on Vancouver Island
• surveying more than 40 sites with rare species
• working with landowners from Metchosin to Denman Island to protect rare species on private lands
Dozens of restoration projects were active this summer and remain so into the fall, including:
• Scotch broom removal from bog bird’s-foot trefoil habitat near Nanaimo with assistance from the Friends of Harewood Plains
• restoration on five other private properties with rare plants
• a successful annual ‘broom bash’ on Mill Hill by CRD Parks
• ongoing restoration and monitoring in the Cowichan Valley by NCC
• many other community-led restoration projects throughout the range of Garry oak ecosystems in Canada
GOERT is currently organizing a series of winter workshops and meetings including:
• a restoration workshop November 13th
• a series of species at risk workshops
• our annual research colloquium
• a native plant propagation workshop in February
• an international Garry oak ecosystem-wide meeting in Washington state in March


Shyanne Smith and Kersti Vaino survey rare plants (photo by Chris Junck)

Opportunities to donate and volunteer
GOERT received its charitable status in August, so you’ll now receive a tax-deductible receipt for your donations. Please consider making a donation to support the work we do to protect rare habitat and species. For more about our work, read our 2008-2009 Annual Report or contact us if you’d like a copy mailed to you. You may also consider partnering with GOERT on one of our working groups or volunteering your time to help us or one of our partner organizations. It’s only with your help that we can achieve our ambitious goals of establishing a network of Garry oak and associated ecosystem sites and protecting nearly 120 at-risk species. Please contact Shyanne Smith or Betsy Rose about donation options or volunteer opportunities.


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