Where I live on Vancouver Island Garry oaks are a part of a very endangered ecosystem that only grows in this part of the world. The Garry oak ecosystem has over 100 species at risk within it. Many of the species in the ecosystem where very important for my tribe in the past with my ancestors using many of the plants and animals for both medicine and food. Only around 5% of these ecosystems still exist with most of them gone from urban development and overgrown with non-native species.
Part of my research as an environmental scientist for my tribe T’Sou-ke involves me in a major mapping project finding the locations of the remaining trees and ecosystems and hopefully restoring these damaged lands in the future.