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 as a result of 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.
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. The society is authorized by the Ministry of Environment to hold conservation covenants. 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.
We welcome your interest and your becoming a member!