Reviving an Ecosystem

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When the young adults of Victoria Christian Reformed Church, British Columbia, sought an earth-care project, they didn’t have to look beyond their own church property.

Their church is situated on a hillside overlooking a highway in an area of prime development land. The land is also part of a unique ecosystem home to the Garry oak tree.

This ecosystem is ranked as one of the three most endangered systems in Canada. So the group planted 24 Garry oaks on the church’s land to help to reverse that environmental devastation.

Church members of all ages joined the young people for the planting. Youth pastor Rob Jirucha said the youths plan to plant even more trees, as well as various native plants and wildflowers that are also endangered.

The youths undertook this project as the province of  British Columbia celebrates its 150th birthday.

About the Author

Jenny deGroot is a freelance media review and news writer for The Banner. She lives on Swallowfield Farm near Fort Langley B.C. with her husband, Dennis. Before retirement she worked as a teacher librarian and assistant principal.