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Tuesday, January 26, 2010 | announcements & events

Get ready for two events in March

Participants at the 2009 Research Colloquium (photo by Todd Carnahan)

Participants at our 6th annual Research Colloquium (photo by Todd Carnahan)

Mark March 4th and 5th in your calendars, as GOERT is hosting two events at the Pacific Forestry Centre on those days. First up is the 7th annual Research Colloquium, a popular all-day event that showcases research on Garry oak ecosystems. The next day, Friday March 5th, GOERT’s Native Plant Propagation Steering Committee is hosting a workshop titled ‘Native Plants in the Urban Landscape.’ Read more for descriptions and registration information for both events:
7th Annual Research Colloquium
-announcement and call for papers
9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Thursday, March 4th, 2010
Pacific Forestry Centre
506 West Burnside Road, Victoria, BC
Purpose: To allow those planning or conducting research and restoration pertinent to Garry oak ecosystems to make a brief presentation of their studies; to prompt discussion and encourage coordination among agencies; and to facilitate research and its application to the conservation of Garry oak and associated ecosystems.
Format: Presentations are 10-15 minutes each, followed by a brief question period. Presentation abstracts will be compiled into a Proceedings document, to be distributed (via email only) following the Colloquium. Note that persons unable to attend may also submit an abstract for inclusion in the Proceedings. Proceedings from previous colloquia are available here.
Presenters: Those wishing to present are required to register by Friday, February 19th. An abstract (approx. 500 words) will need to be submitted for inclusion in the Proceedings. Please indicate any preference for speaking time (i.e. morning or afternoon) in your registration. A digital projector will be provided and presenters requiring any additional audio-visual support should specify; a slide projector, overhead projector or flip chart are also available upon request. Please send any digital presentations to Kersti Vaino (kersti.vaino@goert.ca) by Friday, February 26th to allow for advance testing. Some travel support is available for student presenters registered in a British Columbia institution.
Registration: Attendance is free, although pre-registration is required to assist in our planning for the day. A cafeteria (cash only) is available for lunch at the participants’ own expense (with the exception of student presenters who will receive a free lunch). If you plan to buy a lunch, please indicate your preferences in your reply. Refreshments will be provided free of charge during the breaks.
Please fill out the registration form and return it via email by February 19th to BOTH:
Mike Meagher (mmeagher@pfc.forestry.ca, 250-363-6066), and
Kersti Vaino (kersti.vaino@goert.ca, 250-383-5449).
Please note that both Mike and Kersti will be away from February 3-15 and so will not be able to respond to any inquiries or confirm registration during this time. If you have any general questions in the meantime, please send them to info@goert.ca.

Louise Goulet's Garry oak garden in Oak Bay

Louise Goulet’s Garry oak garden in Oak Bay (photo by Louise Goulet)

Native Plants in the Urban Landscape
-for urban landscape managers and landscape and nursery professionals
Join us to learn how to use native plants in commercial and institutional landscaping, in restoration, and in home gardens. Understand and enjoy the values, benefits, and beauty of our outstanding native plants. This workshop is aimed at managers, landscape and nursery professionals, and those making planting decisions in an urban context. A tour of the PFC grounds with its extensive use of native plants and the greenhouse & header house facility will be part of the program.
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Friday March 5, 2010
Pacific Forestry Centre (PFC)
506 West Burnside Road, Victoria, BC
Phone: 363-0600 (switchboard)
Topics and speakers
Restoration Planting of Grasses and other Plants; Chris Adams, Adams Environmental Solutions
Green Roofs; Adam Weir, Paradise Cityscapes
Converting an Urban Garden to Native Plants; Dr. Louise Goulet, Wildlife Biologist
Genetic Integrity of Native Plants; Dr. Terry McIntosh, Botanist
Design Principles for Natural Processes; Dave Polster, Polster Environmental Services
Tour of PFC Grounds and Nursery; Rob Hagel and assistants
Living Proof: Resource Efficient Landscaping; Karen Cummins, Groundskeeper, Storey Creek Golf Course, Campbell River
Pre- and Post-Planting Care of Nursery Grown Native Plants; Richard Wahlgren, Streamside Native Plants
The $40 registration fee includes lunch, refreshments, and a copy of the second edition of The Garry Oak Gardener’s Handbook. Please pay by cheque or money order as we have no facilities for credit cards. Registration must be received prior to February 26th for catering purposes. Please complete the registration form and return it to Rob Hagel at PFC. Registration is limited to the first 75 people. No refunds will be issued; unused registrations will be donated to GOERT.
Rob Hagel, Co-Chair
Native Plant Propagation Steering Committee of GOERT
Direct phone: 250-363-0764
Email: rhagel@pfc.forestry.ca


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