Garry Oaks were here before the Europeans settled and are therefore a special species ... being the only native oak tree in western Canada (they also occur south of the border).
|Gnarly Garry Oak|
Nicholas Garry who was deputy governor of the Hudson's Bay Company from 1822 to 1835 was the inspiration for their name.
|Garry Oaks in flowering meadow|
c/o Garry oak, Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve, BC
(Photo by Tim Ennis/NCC)
They have a striking, gnarly shape with unique adaptions to the Mediterranean-like climate found in the rain-shadow of Vancouver Island, Coastal and Olympic (USA) mountains ... they have become emblematic of the ecosystems in which they are found.
|Fresh Garry Oak leaves|
These ecosystems have a rich mosaic of plant, animal and insect life ... and highlight changes that occur in our natural surroundings.
|Cattle Point, Oak Bay - an early|
settlement ... on the southern tip
of Vancouver Island
The Garry Oak ecosystem is therefore an essential to our understanding of our environment and are protected under a By-Law as they are a rare and declining habitat.
That is G for the gnarly Garry Oak ... from Aspects by a British 'girl' in Canada ...
More information can be found here Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team (GOERT)
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