Camosun Bog, British Columbia

Vancouver’s Camosun Bog is a unique relic from the last ice age, a botanical treasure trove with bog plants like Labrador Tea (Ledum groenlandicum) and rare northern species like cloudberry (Rubus chamaemorus) and arctic starflower (Trientalis arctica).

The bog was neglected and abused as Vancouver grew up around it. Its water levels lowered by development, the bog was turning into a hemlock forest when a group called the Camosun Bog Restoration Group (CBRG) came
to the rescue in 1995. Their vision of a healthy bog ecosystem is now becoming reality, thanks to the efforts of many volunteers.

Sphagnum moss holds water, keeps the soil acidic, and creates the right conditions for other bog plants. The CBRG grew "boglets" from plugs of sphagnum, and planted them after removing the trees and forest soil. Now, the bog is recovering.

Restoration of Garry Oak Savanna at Beacon Hill Park, Victoria

The city of Victoria’s Beacon Hill Park contains extensive areas of Garry oak grassland and woodlands - endangered British Columbia ecosystems. Over the decades, the Garry oak ecosystems have been degraded through the planting of non-native species, seeding with non-native grasses to create lawns, and activities such as mountain biking.

Since 1989, the Friends of Beacon Hill Park have been removing the exotics and planting native species. Today, the park is famous for its flowering camas (Camassia quamash) that create a sea of blue in April each year.

Landscaping for Burrowing Owls, Moose Jaw, SK

At the Saskatchewan Burrowing Owl Interpretive Centre, the Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation (SWCC) has established prairie habitat suitable for the endangered burrowing owl.

Once the site was cleared of vegetation, in May, 2000, students from four Moose Jaw schools participated in "Seed Stomp" - an event where native seed was spread over the restoration area and students stomped it into the ground. This method was used to mimic the effect that bison hooves had on pushing seed into the soil.

Now the prairie grasses and flowers are thriving. SWCC members hope that in the future, this patch of restored prairie will provide valuable foraging ground for the endangered burrowing owl.
(Photos courtesy the Saskatchewan Wetland Conservation Corporation)
Windsor School, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Students at Windsor were given a plan of their barren, asphalt school ground, and asked what changes they would like to see. They wanted relief from heat and noise, and a place to grow vegetables and berries.
The student’s ideas were incorporated into the new plan, which included grass, trees, shrubs, wildflowers, vegetables and benches. Each class from Kindergarten to grade 6 was given a large planter box in which they planted everything from beans to shade trees.

The project strengthened ties between the school and community, and van-loads of beets and carrots from the gardens went to a local food bank. (Adapted from Grounds for Learning, with permission from Evergreen)

Living Prairie Museum, Winnipeg
The explorer La Verendrye wrote in his journal that the prairie grasses near the junction of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers were "shoulder high". He was describing tall grass prairie – the most endangered habitat in North America.

Winnipeg has one of the largest remaining tall grass prairie remnants at its Living Prairie Museum. This few hectares of original, unploughed prairie contain approximately 160 native plant species.