WELCOME TO THE GARRY OAK MEADOW PRESERVATION SOCIETY.
WHO ARE WE?
The Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society (GOMPS) formed in 1992 because local citizens were concerned that woodlands and meadows were rapidly disappearing due to expanding human habitation in the Capital Regional District.
The society is dedicated to the preservation, protection, and restoration of Garry oak stands and their natural habitats in Victoria and its surrounding areas.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We engage in educational activities, work with all levels of government through letter writing and attending council meetings and public hearings, raise awareness on the importance of Garry oaks and their ecosystems, and work on habitat restoration.
We also grow and nurture Garry oak seedlings at our nursery, with the long term goal of planting them in the community.
WHY DO WE DO IT?
Very little of the original Garry oak landscape remains in an unaltered state. Garry oaks have declined dramatically in extent over the past two decades, and much of what remains has been strongly modified. There is growing public and scientific concern about preservation of the Garry oak ecosystem.
Garry oak ecosystems have been identified as a hot spot for biological diversity. Our position at the northern margin of the Californian flora results in a range of species that is one of the most interesting in Canada.
HOW CAN YOU GET INVOLVED?
Preserve Garry oaks and the various plant species they foster in your own yard and community.
Help us collect acorns every fall! Each fall GOMPS issues a call for volunteer acorn collectors! Keep an eye out on this website or our social media channels for the official announcement.
Join our Garry Oak Growers Group (GOGG), a task force that maintains the nursery operations.
Find out the latest news on Victoria's ecosystems, participate in workshops, collect acorns and nurture Garry oak seedlings, get involved in community events, and become an active participant in the preservation of a key part of Victoria's natural ecosystem. Become a member of GOMPS!