HAT Returns to Matson Conservation Area in Full Force with the Help of Funders

Sunday group shotThis past weekend, November 4th & 5th 2017, Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) returned to the Matson Conservation Area to restore the last remaining Garry Oak Ecosystem in the Victoria Inner Harbour - but we were not alone! Not only did we have the help of many dedicated volunteers, the event was sponsored in part by a generous grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) and native plant seeds funded by Wildlife Preservation Canada. 

This is HAT's thrid round of funding provided by a grant from TD FEF, and we are incredibly thankful for their continued support! 

The TD FEF grant of $12,600, handed over as a giant cheque, will allow us to continue our restoration work in the Greater Victoria region, including Matson. The Matson Conservation Area is especially unique, as it encompasses the last intact Garry Oak Ecosystem along Victoria's Inner Harbour. Few of these diverse assemblages of flora and fauna remain and their protection is a primary conservation priority in our region.

Wendy chq smOur back-to-back habitat restoration days took place along the scenic Westsong Walkway in Esquimalt, near the Westbay Marina. Saturday was spent removing invasive grasses and other weeds from the conservation area. Sunday was dedicated to enhancing the rocky meadow by planting and seeding native wildflowers, shrubs, and grasses. Our planted and seeded species were carefully selected to enhance wildlife habitat for pollinators like birds, butterflies and bees. We also had an amaznig volunteer turnout, including many TD employees. Saturday saw nearly 20 people, and Sunday nearly 40. It was wonderful to see both old and new faces! HAT is always happy to welcome those interested in volunteering. Just email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information and to sign up for our many events and regular enews! 

Habitat Acquisition Trust has been protecting and restoring natural habitat at the Matson Conservation Area with community support for 12 years. A dedicated stewardship group, called the Matson Mattocks, have spent thousands of hours of volunteer time, restoring this local treasure for over 10 years, and the Friends of Matson Lands stewarded the land before them.

"I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of restoring this land side by side with volunteers who are committed to maintaining our natural areas. We're still battling invasive plants, but the land is healing and providing some excellent foraging habitat for wildlife including the vital pollinator species."

– Wendy Tyrrell, Habitat Management Coordinator

PlantingThe urban location of this park places pressures on this special natural space, but thanks to the caring hands of habitat stewards these lands nestled next to the city provide a wonderful showcase of community restoring habitat for nature. Providing recreational space for residents of Esquimalt and beyon. Matson Conservation Area is home to hundreds of Garry oak trees, hummingbirds, and pollinators like the Lorquin’s Admiral and at risk Moss’ Elfin Butterflies.

Habitat Acquisition Trust gratefully accepts donations in support of local conservation and habitat restoration. You can lend your support by visiting hat.bc.ca/donate or calling 250-995-2428. For more information on volunteering email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. today.





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