Speaker series this October at the University of Victoria

Restoration Highs and Lows: Restoring Greater Victoria’s Hills and Valleys

Restoring Highs and Lows describes a ravine and two mountains in Greater Victoria, the challenges they face, and what is being done to restore their ecosystem function. The urban environment poses many challenges to natural ecosystems. This is especially true for those associated with major changes in elevation. The ravines and valleys contain creeks that are used to carry away rainwater from our streets and buildings. As a result, they are faced with heavy water flows in winter that scour creek bottoms and erode banks. In summer, the lack of groundwater recharge in the watershed causes droughts in these same streams. The hills are prime areas for development because and recreation that lead to habitat destruction and the introduction of invasive species.

October 4, 2011. 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Mystic Vale – Patrick Lucey, Aqua-Tex Scientific Consulting Ltd.

October 11, 2011. 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Mount Douglas – Bob Bridgeman, Friends of Mount Douglas Park Society

October 25, 2011. 7:00 p.m. Tuesday.
Mount Tolmie – Dave Lock, Mount Tolmie Conservancy

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