Victoria, BC – The Capital Regional District is in its tenth year of a project to restore a valuable remnant Garry oak stand at Mill Hill Regional Park and is recruiting volunteers for the annual broom sweep. The project involves removing invasive species from the park in order to restore 20 hectares of Garry oak ecosystems and help recover populations of rare plants.
“Mill Hill has one of the highest concentrations of plants at risk in the province,” said CRD Parks and Community Services General Manager Lloyd Rushton.“ This long-term restoration project brings together dedicated neighbours, community volunteers and Regional Parks staff under the common goal of restoring threatened Garry oak ecosystems. Volunteering is a great opportunity to learn about the project results and the experience gained over its ten-year history while assisting with invasive species removal.”
Thanks to the dedicated work of staff and 166 volunteers, more than eight metric tonnes of invasive shrubs were removed from the park’s meadows in 2010. In the last decade, almost 60 tonnes have been removed throughout the park. Before the project started, seven rare plant species were known to occur at 32 sites in the park. Today, 13 rare species have been found at about 160 sites!
In addition to invasive species removal, restoration project activities include improving and realigning trails and addressing erosion issues. Central to the project is scientific monitoring of rare plants and other vegetation, to document ecosystem responses to invasive species management, and ensure that activities are beneficial.
When: Saturday, October 1 and/or October 15
Where: Mill Hill Regional Park, 490 Atkins Ave., Langford
Who: Reasonably fit individuals and groups are welcome!
To volunteer, please register online at CRD Regional Parks or by calling 250.360.3329.
You can watch a video about the project, look at photos and find more details on Facebook: Mill Hill Restoration Project.
The project is undertaken by CRD Regional Parks with financial support from the Government of Canada provided through the Department of the Environment.
For further information please contact:
Laurie Sthamann, Communications Coordinator
CRD Regional Parks