Garry Oak Meadow/Coastal Bluff Management in Helliwell Provincial Park
The rare Garry Oak meadows and open Coastal Bluffs in Helliwell Provincial Park are shrinking. In the absence of fire, conifers, shrubs, non-native grasses and other plants have been filling in the meadows over several decades. From March 16-30, 2015, crews will be removing shade trees and invasive plants from area 1 indicated on the map below. The area will be replanted with native plants to improve conditions for Garry Oak meadow and open coastal bluff species and to prepare for a possible reintroduction of Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies to the park in the future.