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Garry Oak Medow

The Gary Oak Meadows located in Beacon Hill Park, Victoria, BC Canada are an important ecological feature of the park, and are considered to be one of the last remaining examples of this unique habitat in the region.

Gary Oak (Quercus garryana) is a species of oak tree that is native to western North America, and is found primarily in coastal areas of British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon. The oak savannahs that once covered much of this region have been largely lost due to urbanization and agricultural development, making the remaining patches of Gary Oak meadows and woodlands in Beacon Hill Park especially important for conservation efforts.

The history of the Gary Oak Meadows in Beacon Hill Park can be traced back to the 1800s, when the park was first established as a public space. At that time, the area was covered in open savannahs and meadows, with scattered stands of Gary Oak trees.

Over time, the park became more heavily forested, as non-native tree species were introduced and began to dominate the landscape. In the mid-20th century, however, park managers recognized the importance of the Gary Oak habitat, and began efforts to restore and protect the meadows.

Today, the Gary Oak Meadows in Beacon Hill Park are carefully managed to preserve the native plant and animal species that rely on this unique habitat. The meadows are home to a variety of wildflowers, grasses, and other plants, as well as several species of birds, mammals, and insects.

Overall, the history of the Gary Oak Meadows in Beacon Hill Park is a story of conservation and restoration. These unique habitats are an important part of the region's natural heritage, and efforts to protect and preserve them will help to ensure their survival for generations to come.

Poem carved into stone by Frank Pitts of the Garry Oak "You Ancient Monarch of the Wood, Chieftain of the Race, Your Rugged Coat, Your outspread Limbs, The devastation of time has stood, from Hearts of Oak great ships were built, they sailed the seven seas. Through battle smoke they stood the shock upheld the name true hearts of Oak.


Beacon Hill Ecosystems Garry Oaks

Garry Oak Ecosystems by BC Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks

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