On February 24th Landsharkz hosted a CITO the which I have never seen before. I have been to many CITO (Cache In Trash Out) Events over the past couple of years, but never one that took place at one of my favorite childhood locations. This is of course the one and only Fort Rodd Hill!
Fort Rodd Hill is home to some of the oldest and rarest Gary Oak Ecosystems. While Canada did at one time have many of these ecosystems, expansion and growth of the Human Race has systematically been wiping them out. Here in Victoria you find them on the rocky hilltops near the shoreline.
To learn a bit more about Gary Oak Ecosystems check out this article from Parks Canada:
Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites of Canada and Garry Oak Ecosystems
These ecosystems are not only at risk from Humans, but also from other invasive plant species. And one of those invasive plants is the Daphne Laureola. To learn more on this plant please check out this link also:
INVASIVE PLANT PROFILE: Daphne laureola
This plant is very prolific, and handling it requires special care as it does have some toxic properties. The sap of this plant can cause rashes and such, and Work Safe BC also has some words on how to handle this plant, since you can also find it growing in your yard: Work Safe BC Info On Handling Daphne Laureola