We are thrilled to announce that we have now hired a full-time contract Garry oak ecosystem restoration youth crew! This crew has been made possible through new one-year Conservation Economic Stimulus Initiative funding provided by the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation and the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy as part of the B.C. Economic Recovery Plan.
Over the next six months, this crew will be working on restoring habitat on HAT's protected lands and conservation covenants across the region, through removing invasive vegetation and planting native plants. Stay tuned for more crew updates on HAT's social media channels over the next few months, as they showcase this amazing restoration work, and the changes their efforts make over time! We can't wait to share some of these beautiful moments and stories with you.
Without further ado we introduce-- in no particular order-- the new HAT Restoration Feild Crew TEAM!!
Ellie grew up in North Vancouver on the territories of Tsleil-waututh, Squamish and Musqueam First Nations, and moved to Victoria on lək̓ʷəŋən territory to study environmental studies and cultural anthropology. She enjoys spending her time outdoors exploring Vancouver Island and its diverse ecological networks...especially by the ocean! Last summer, she spent time in the interior of B.C. working in the field as a tree planter. Through a field course with the Galiano Island Conservancy, she deepened her love and passion for habitat restoration. Ellie is very excited to work with HAT as a part of the restoration field crew and is eager to get her hands dirty!
Hannah Glass was born and raised in Langford on lək̓ʷəŋən territory. She has always loved the outdoors and environmentalism. During her time at Camosun College, she began learning about local Indigenous nations and their connection to land and place. She is passionate about language revitalization, native flora and fauna, and restoration! Hannah first heard about HAT through their Stewardship Program and their work to help the Little Brown Bat. With the help of CESI, Hannah is able to interact and restore local Garry Oak Ecosystems.
Max Mitchell was born and raised on the traditional territories of the Mi’kmaq First Nation in what is known today as the Annapolis Valley, Nova Scotia. He has completed an undergraduate honours degree in Development Studies and Political Sciences with a specific focus on the use of Participatory Community Radio in community-based natural resource social movements in rural Ghana. After numerous summers traveling west to plant trees in British Columbia’s northern interior Max has recently made a more permanent relocation to the West Coast. He is thrilled to begin this process of working to help restore our local native ecosystems, while also working to strengthen his connection to the land and to the communities who work to steward them.