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Complexities of Restoring Garry Oak Ecosystems: Public Talk

the Robert Bateman Centre

June 22 2017

6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

In honour of Rooted in History: Celebrating the Garry Oak Ecosystem, the Robert Bateman Centre and the Garry Oak Ecosystem Recovery Team (GOERT) will hold a public talk on June 22nd from 6:00-8:00pm exploring the complexities of restoring the Garry Oak ecosystem. Val Schaefer and Andy MacKinnon will be talking about this endangered ecosystem and why it is worth saving.

This is event is SOLD OUT.

Val Schaefer is a biologist and ecologist who is currently the Faculty Coordinator of the Restoration of Natural Systems Program at the University of Victoria. Val has developed a unique expertise in the emerging field of Urban Ecology. He is a leading proponent of urban ecology and urban biodiversity who has written extensively and presented internationally on these topics. He is also an environmental educator who has conducted numerous community projects promoting nature in the city.

Andy MacKinnon is a forest ecologist who lives in Metchosin B.C. Since December 2014 he’s also served as a Councillor in Metchosin. Until his retirement in 2015, he worked for the B.C. Forest Service for three decades, mostly on B.C.’s coast, where he was responsible for ecosystem classification and mapping and a program of forest ecology research focused on old growth structure and composition, effects of climate change, and B.C.’s native plants and fungi. Andy has also been involved in defining and implementing ecosystem-based management in Haida Gwaii and the Great Bear Rainforest. He has co-taught rainforest ecology field courses in Bamfield (for the University of Victoria) and Haida Gwaii (for UBC). Andy is co-author of six best-selling books about plants of western North America. He’s an Adjunct Professor at Simon Fraser University, and a Professional Forester and Professional Biologist in BC. Andy was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science degree by Simon Fraser University in 2013.