Gabriola Island Local Trust Area

Protected Areas in the Gabriola Island Local Trust Area (2018)


Type of Protected Area

Area (ha)

Portion of LTA (%)  
Conservation Covenant 16.26 0.28  
Ecological Reserve 1.56 0.03  
Nature Reserve 66.87 1.15  
Park - Community 341.31 5.87  
Park - Provincial 50.40 0.87  
Park - Regional 58.41 1.00  


534.81 9.19  



Type of Marine Protection Area (ha)  
Provincial Marine Protected Area 70.20  
Ecological Reserve (Marine) 48.40  
Rockfish Conservation Area 2247.00  
Glass Sponge Reef Fishing Closure Area 62.00  
Total 2386.40  


NB: There is overlap of marine protected area boundaries, therefore the total area of marine protected areas is not additive.


Ecosystem Values in the Gabriola Island Local Trust Area (2010)

Sensitive Ecosystems

Sensitive Ecosystems Area (ha) Portion of LTA (%)  
Cliff 28.5 0.5  
Freshwater 21.2 0.4  
Herbaceous 58.3 1.0  
Mature Forest 537.7 9.2  
Old Forest 0 0  
Riparian 0 0  
Wetland 983.7 16.9  
Woodland 403.1 6.9  


2,032.6 34.9  


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Species at Risk

The B.C. Conservation Data Centre has recorded sightings of Double-crested Cormorant (blue listed), Bog bird's-foot trefoil (red listed), Peregrine Falcon (red listed), Poison oak (blue listed), and Red-legged frog (blue listed) and Propertius duskywing (blue listed) in the Gabriola Island Local Trust Area. There may be additional species at risk in the Gabriola Island Local Trust Area that are not recorded with the B.C. Conservation Data Centre or whose locations are considered confidential information.

Forested Ecosystems

The Gabriola Island Local Trust Area is in the Coastal Douglas-fir Zone. No Old Forest ecosystems were found in the local trust area indicating that the entire island was logged at one time or another; however, there may be remnant old growth trees. The breakdown of forests by age class is (note: this includes woodland sensitive ecosystems, so percentages will vary from the sensitive ecosystems section above):

Forest Type Area (ha) Portion of LTA (%)  
Pole/Sapling Forest (<40 yrs) 357 7.1  
Young Forest (40-80 yrs) 2,614 51.7  
Mature Forest (80-250 yrs) 616 12.2  


Modified Ecosystems in the Gabriola Local Trust Area (2010)

Type of Modification

Area (ha)

Portion of LTA (%)
Cultivated Field 422.0 7.3
Cultivated Orchard 4.9 0.1
Rural 858.1 14.8
Road 300.6 5.2
Reservoir 1.9 <0.1


1,587.5 27.3
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