The State of Garry Oak and Associated Ecosystems

Open meadow and woodland ecosystems occur on soils that are too dry, thin, steep, and/or nutrient-deficient to support coniferous forests.  Despite harsh conditions, these ecosystems host more plant species than any other ecosystem in coastal BC, and support over 100 Species at Risk.  They are considered among the most biodiverse and imperiled ecosystems in Canada, and are by far the most endangered ecosystems in the Salish Sea.  Among this incredible diversity of species, camas (Camassia spp. – speenhw) and Garry oak (Quercus garryana – P’hwulhp) are commonly associated with these areas.

Garry Oak and associated ecosystems on Galiano Island are located along shoreline and on steep, south-facing slopes.  Threats to these ecosystems include development, fire suppression, excess herbivory, and introduced species.  The Galiano Conservancy works to protect and restore meadow ecosystems across our lands, as well as in Provincial Parks through a partnership agreement with BC Parks.

Project Highlights

Explore examples of ecological restoration projects in Garry Oak and associated ecosystems on Galiano Island

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Additional Resources

Explore the following resources to learn more about meadow ecosystems on Galiano Island.