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Hello, bonjour. My name is Aimee Pelletier. I’m a Resource Management Officer with Parks Canada.
That’s my official title but I’m actually the project manager
for the Garry Oak Ecosystem and Species at Risk Recovery Project here at Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site.
Close-up stand up interview with Aimee. Aimee walking through the garden.
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My name is Susan Macisaac and I’m the Species at Risk Communications Officer here at Fort Rodd Hill and
Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada.
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This program has been running for about the last ten years.
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Medium-close shot Parks Canada staff and volunteer planting.
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It started out with one Co-op student and since that time, we’ve had about thirty Co-op students assist with the program.
It started out just running during the summers and now the program runs year round.
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Some of the kinds of work that we do are controlling invasive species.
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So non-native species across the 54 hectres that Parks Canada owns and safeguards here at Fort Rodd Hill.
We grow a lot of- about 30 different species of forbes, shrubs and annules.
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Currently growing in the nursery, we have about 100,000 great camas bulbs as well as a number of common camas bulbs
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A lot of these plants are actually going to be planted out in what we call our Meadow Restoration Project.
One Parks Canada staff and two volunteers digging through garden bed.
It’s a new project that started in 2010. It’s right in the heart of the historic site.
Group of volunteers planting and digging in grass field.
The objective is to restore one acre of what was previously Garry Oak habitat back to native species cover.
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These ecosystems have always been a really big part of the history of the Fort here.
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When the Fort was first being built a lot of effort was made to keep a lot of the natural areas intact
including the Garry Oak ecosystems.
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And so, that’s why today, we still see a lot of them here.
It’s because of those unintentional conservation tactics of the Fort at that time.
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We get a lot of volunteers that help us with this restoration work as well.
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Medium-close shot of Parks Canada staff talking with a volunteer.
The volunteers that come in, they’re really like the heart and soul of our restoration work
And it’s great because together we’re kind of working to improve the health of these ecosystems
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And it’s also great because it’s reconnecting us, ourselves, back to nature as well.
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