World Environment Day, June 5

On World Environment Day, June 5, the UVic Ecological Restoration Club will be hosting a restoration work party in the campus Garry oak ecosystem from 10am to 12:30pm. This event coincides with the global launch of the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration through Make a Difference Week.

The UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration has so far been formally proclaimed by six different municipalities, including the Districts of Saanich, Oak Bay, and the City of Victoria. In support of this important declaration by the UN, the Society of Ecological Restoration is hosting their bi-annual international conference at the culmination of Make a Difference Week, with papers being presented by UVic environmental studies students and two faculty, including Nancy Shackelford, Director of UVic’s Restoration of Natural Systems Program (RNS).

“Restoration is a global practice of caring for our environment, and it is only made possible by a diversity of community members, managers, governments, and scientists. It is important that we connect with each other as restoration practitioners through this conference and this Decade, and I’m excited to see our students showing their work to the world,” says Shackelford.

Shackelford is giving a talk on the global successes and challenges of dryland restoration, synthesizing findings from 89 restoration projects spread across six continents.\

UVic student, Aaron Balfour is giving a poster on his work with private landowners, using plantings and thoughtful management (like reduced mowing) to support habitat connections with the landscape. While Emily Spencer, UVic student, is giving a talk about her scientific research on the impacts of clam garden restoration on sediment chemistry and its implications for clam productivity.

“Our RNS students are passionate about the environment and finding solutions to the many ecological challenges we face every day,” says Shackelford.