Experts Talk on Adapting to Climate Change: December 2nd at 7 pm at the Monterey Community Centre

Oak Bay Parks, Recreation and Culture, the Community Association of Oak Bay and Friends of Uplands Park invite you to an Experts Talk on Adapting to Climate Change on December 2nd at 7 pm  at the Monterey Community Centre

Dr. Richard Hebda, long-time BC climate researcher, will present on:

Climate Change, Ecosystems, and Adaptation for Southern Vancouver Island

Richard Hebda is the former Curator of Botany and Earth History at Royal BC Museum. He has a PhD in Botany and has taught in various environmental science departments at the University of Victoria. He studies plant fossils and their distribution over time and place in order to shed light on the condition, history and evolution of BC’s landscape and climate. He also studies ethnobotany of BC First Nations, restoration of natural systems and processes, ecology and origins of Garry Oak and alpine ecosystems and botany of grasses.

Dr. Stephen Sheppard,Director of UBC’s Bachelor of Urban Forestry Program, will present on:

The Citizens Coolkit: Fun ways to climate-proof your forest and your “hood”

Dr. Stephen Sheppard, PhD., ASLA, is a Professor in Forest Resources Management at the University of British Columbia, teaching landscape and climate change planning, community engagement and visualization. He has served as Director of UBC’s Bachelor of Urban Forestry program and directs the Collaborative for Advanced Landscape Planning (CALP), an interdisciplinary research group which works with communities on developing climate change and energy solutions. He has published four books, including Visualizing Climate Change from Earthscan/Routledge. He leads UBC’s Research Cluster of Excellence on Cool Tools: Social Mobilization on Climate Change using Digital Tools.

Question period to follow.

Poster PDF: Climate Presentation-02Dec19

Rake the Invasive Norway Maple Chips in Uplands Park – Sunday September 8, 2019 [1 – 3 pm]

Sunday September 8
1 to 3pm
Meet at Dorset entrance by Lincoln Road

Bring your leaf rake and help rake the wood chips of the invasive Norway Maple.  Oak Bay Parks staff removed many of the invasive maples that were totally blocking the sun so that the only plants left alive underneath were the invasive English ivy, evergreen Daphne and Himalayan blackberry.  Even some of the blackberry couldn’t survive.  Habitat for rats.

Willows studentshave been restoring this area by removing ivy and planting native species.  A large meadow awaits more planting by these wonderful students and teachers this fall.  The wood chips will hinder these plants and seeds from growing.

We have some rakes available.
Contact: Margaret Lidkea, 250-595-8084