• Layered Landscapes in Cities

Layered Landscapes and Ecological Restoration in Cities

Although “the right plant for the right place” may sound easy from an ecological perspective, in urban restoration it is complicated by the historical, social and political layers in place. To make this seemingly simple concept work in a design requires a process of discovery of the site’s past history, current influences and future impacts. This process of understanding a site, often called “listening,” encompasses the ecological, social and political factors and values. Each can be seen as a layer, collectively defining the site and its future design. In these lectures, we will review examples of restoration projects around Greater Victoria and beyond that reveal the layers involved and how they shaped the projects at hand.

Speaker: Val Schaefer, faculty member in UVic's School of Environmental Studies, is the Academic Administrator of the Restoration of Natural Systems and Ecological Restoration programs.

This series is free but you must register on-line or call 250-472-4747 so we can guarantee you a space.

Please let us know in advance if you are unable to attend so that someone from the wait list may take your place.

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Layered Landscapes and Ecological Restoration in Greater Victoria Part 1

Mystic Vale, Garry Oak Ecosystems and Colquitz Creek are excellent examples of the importance of context in ecological restoration in cities. We will identify the numerous factors contributing to the challenges that need to be addressed in restoring these habitats.
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Layered Landscapes and Ecological Restoration in Greater Victoria Part 2

Additional examples of ecological restoration in cities that depict the numerous challenges that need to be addressed in restoring habitats in an urban context.
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Urban Ecology in Oxford, England and San Francisco, California

Having spent a sabbatical earlier this year with trips to Oxford and San Francisco, Val will share his images and impressions about the urban forest and novel ecosystems he observed in these two regions with the underlying theme of layered landscapes.
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