A few Wednesdays ago HAT staff, Wendy and Sara, and a small team of six volunteers, went over to Galiano Island for a day of restoration in Garry oak meadows on one of HAT’s covenant lands. The storms held off just in time, and the restoration crew was able to remove over 3 cubic metres of Scotch broom (Cytisus scoparius) before the rains came and new COVID-19 gathering restrictions were put in place.
Restoration work parties like these are annual highlights for our staff and volunteers, and offer unique opportunities to explore the magic of these remote areas in the Gulf Islands. They also offer an intimate opportunity to examine the successes of past restoration work in the same protected area. This time, we noticed that Wooly sunflower plants were reclaiming their home on these coastal bluffs after Scotch broom had been removed from the area by volunteers over the past few years. Special thank you to our photographer, Milen Kootnikoff, for these beautiful photos from the day!