Media release: CONSERVATION GROUP RECEIVES MAJOR FUNDING
to protect rare ecosystems and species
VICTORIA – The Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT) announced a four year contribution agreement with Parks Canada Agency last night at their Annual General Meeting. This agreement provides a total of $852,500 over four years to support the charitable society’s work to protect and restore habitat for species at risk.
In all of Canada, Garry oak and associated ecosystems occur only on southeastern Vancouver Island (Victoria area to the Comox Valley), on the Gulf Islands, and in two isolated areas in the Fraser Valley. Today, only around one per cent of the natural ecosystem remains in the Capital Regional District and five per cent overall. These ecosystems are a hotspot for biodiversity, with at least 1600 native plants and animals dependent on the habitat. Of these, 116 species have been assessed as either provincially rare or nationally at risk of extinction. READ MORE →