Restoring Island Ecologies

Ecological Restoration programs

We have active ecological restoration projects across our network of protected areas on Galiano Island, and a restoration team dedicated to designing, implementing, managing, and monitoring restorative initiatives on Galiano Island.

The Galiano Conservancy Association has worked for over two decades to develop and practice novel and effective approaches to ecological restoration.  Thousands of volunteers, interns, students, professionals, and community members have participated in our restoration projects.

Currently, we’re working on a watershed-scale restoration project at the Millard Learning Centre – click below to learn more.

The Time is Now

As part of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration (2021 – 2030), it has never been more important for us to work together to heal degraded ecosystems in our community.

Globally, the next 10 years are critical to combating the climate crisis and saving 1 million species from extinction.  It is estimated that natural ecosystems can provide one third of the necessary reductions in greenhouse gas emissions needed to address climate change.

Regionally, we are working together with other organizations and the Vancouver Island Decade on Ecosystem Restoration to address the impacts of industrial logging, urbanization, heavy industry, shipping, industrial fishing, aquaculture, agriculture, invasive species, and pollution.  Ecological restoration is essential to preserving regional biodiversity, stabilizing ecosystems, and sequestering carbon.

Locally, we are hard at work every day restoring Galiano Island’s ecosystems.  Take a look at what we’ve been up to!

Where We Work

Terrestrial ecosystems on Galiano Island fall into three broad categories. Explore the pages below to learn more about ecological restoration across Galiano’s diverse ecosystems.

Native and Edible Plant Nursery

Buy Native Plants

We propagate over 100 species of trees, shrubs, herbs, wildflowers, and grasses native to Galiano Island. Visit our nursery at the Millard Learning Centre during business hours to purchase native plants for your own gardening, naturescaping, and restoration projects.

Coastal sagewort (Artemisia suksdorfii) in the GCA's nursery annex - Credit: Emily Francis
Introduced Species Explorer

Manage Introduced Species

Not all introduced species cause problems, but a number of aggressive introduced species pose major challenges to ecological restoration efforts on Galiano Island. Get to know these species and how to manage them in your own backyard.

Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) is an iconic introduced species that disrupts natural ecosystems - Credit: Adam Huggins
Conservation and Deer

Living Alongside Island Deer

Over-population of native Columbian black-tailed deer (Odocoileus hemionus columbianus) has created significant challenges for conserving and restoring ecosystems on Galiano Island. Find out how the Galiano Conservancy is managing this beloved but over-abundant native species.

Although it may not always be obvious, deer have tremendous impacts on the development of island ecosystems

Get Involved

Want to get your hands dirty? Here are some ways you can participate in ecological restoration with the Galiano Conservancy.

Ecological Restoration at the Galiano Conservancy

Check out our latest posts on what’s happening with ecological restoration on Galiano Island and beyond.