Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site of Canada, located 14 km west of downtown Victoria, BC, is a restoration site for Garry oak ecosystems. The following is an article by Alison Clark, Eric Hertz, Lindsay Kwasnicia and Cain Van Cadsand. Photos by Lindsay Kwasnicia and Conan Webb/Parks Canada.
Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site Invaded!
The historic walls that surround Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site (NHS) served to protect Victoria and area for many years throughout times of war. But now that the guns lie silent and the guards have long since gone home, there is a new danger that exists.
Foreign invaders are silently creeping over the walls at Fort Rodd Hill NHS. They carry neither guns nor swords, and do not travel by foot or car. They are invasive plants. Initially overlooked, many of these foreign invaders have persisted and flourished at this historic site, their impacts on the native ecosystems now becoming clear. Scotch broom, daphne, English ivy and English holly are but a few of the invaders currently being fought within the walls of Fort Rodd Hill NHS, but there are many others. They show no mercy when spreading across the land, and can alter the sensitive ecosystem that supports some of the most rare and endangered species found on Vancouver Island. READ MORE →