Ruby Creek Riparian Restoration Workshop

highres 446166556

Habitat Acquisition Trust is hosting an invasive species removal event and Riparian Restoration Workshop on Ruby Creek in Metchosin with Dave Polster of Polster Environmental Services.

We would like to invite you to join us for this unique educational opportunity and come out to get your hands dirty and have fun while broadening your knowledge base on habitat restoration, riparian corridors and bioengineering with expert Dave Polster!

The 2-day workshop includes a full day in a classroom setting and a full day in the field putting your new skills to work. In addition, there is an invasive species removal day prior to the workshop in partnership with the Greater Victoria Green Team and CRD Parks, in which volunteers will be clearing invasives from Ruby Creek to prepare for the field portion of the workshop. Participants who attend the optional invasive removal day receive a 50% discount on the cost of the Restoration Workshop.


Event: Invasive Species Removal on Ruby Creek in Metchosin - Optional FREE event

Date: September 28, 2017

Time: 10am-3pm

Hosted by: Habitat Acquisition Trust in partnership with

CRD Parks & the Greater Victoria Green Team

No Cost: A volunteer community event*

Lunch: Included at no cost

Event: 2-Day Riparian Restoration Workshop with Dave Polster R.P.Bio

(Polster Environmental Services) on Ruby Creek

Dates: September 29th & 30th

Time: 9am-3:30pm

Hosted by: Habitat Acquisition Trust

Cost: $100 for both days*

*Note: Those attending the Sept. 28th volunteer invasive plant removal day receive a %50 discount for the workshop.

Lunch: Bring your own lunch, or add $7/day for a HAT provided 'bag' lunch.


You can register for the 28th and/or the Workshop (29-30th) online at:

Space is limited for the 2-day workshop to 30 participants, so register soon to reserve your spot!

If you would like more details, or are interested in RSVP'ing for just the Sept.28th Ruby Creek Invasive Plant Pull Event

contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 250-995-2428.

Who Should Attend?

Anyone wanting to learn more about restoration options including bioengineering with an emphasis on riparian restoration techniques and other innovative options involved in the restoration and reclamation of damaged ecosystems using a combination of structural materials, vegetative cuttings and other specialized methods.

What's included in the cost of the workshop?

2 full days of hands-on, educational trainingcourse manual coffee/tea and morning snackstools & gloves


Ruby Creek is a small watercourse that empties into Witty's Lagoon. The area of Ruby Creek that workshop participants are restoring runs through private land, is adjacent to Witty's Lagoon and protected in perpetuity through a conservation covenant with Habitat Acquisition Trust and the CRD. HAT and community volunteers have been restoring this land and riparian corridor for over 10 years. We will also be continuing to clear laurel-leaved daphne on adjacent CRD Parklands to enhance the habitat for the Provincially at-risk Blue-grey Taildropper Slug, found near Ruby Creek in 2016.


Dave Polster is a plant ecologist with over 35 years of experience in vegetation studies, reclamation and invasive species management. He has developed a wide variety of reclamation techniques for the re-establishment of riparian and aquatic habitats using soil bioengineering and other innovative techniques. To find out more about Dave, check out his website at:


This two day course will focus on restoration techniques including soil bioengineering and options involved in restoration and reclamation of damaged ecosystems using a combination of structural materials, vegetative cuttings and other specialized methods with an emphasis on riparian restoration. Soil bioengineering is an applied science that uses live plant materials to perform an engineering function such as slope stabilization, soil erosion control, or seepage control.

Topics to be covered include:

Factors involved in successful restorationSuccessional reclamationSoil bioengineering techniquesRegional differences in climate, soils, hydrology, plant types, and growing seasonsMaintenance and monitoring


This workshop is a part of this year's Metchosin Good Neighbours Project. The goal of this HAT project is to engage with the Metchosin community to find solutions to significant local conservation issues and to promote community appreciation of healthy natural habitats. We are doing this on HAT covenanted lands and with private landowners in Metchosin. We are grateful to have the opportunity to host this workshop and invasive plant removal event through our generous funders of HAT's Good Neighbours Program

The Sitka Foundation

BC Gaming

Metchosin Foundation

District of Metchosin




Donate Now

Sign up for HAT's Newsletter The Fern

Get the lastest tips on gardening, stewardship, and info on HAT projects right to your inbox.


Login Form