Hornby Island Local Trust Area

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


Type of Protected Area

Area (ha)

Portion of LTA (%)  
Conservation Covenant 14.97 0.50  
Park - Community 5.74 0.19  
Park - Provincial 332.25 11.15  
Park - Regional 337.47 11.32  


690.43 23.16  


Type of Marine Protection Area (ha)  
Provincial Marine Protected Area 2,762.80  
Rockfish Conservation Area 1,800.10  
Glass Sponge Reef Fishing Closure Area 91.60  
Total 4,534.80  


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


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

Sensitive Ecosystems

Sensitive Ecosystems Area (ha) Portion of LTA (%)  
Cliff 26.6 0.9  
Freshwater 1.2 <0.1  
Herbaceous 47.5 1.6  
Mature Forest 179.6 6.0  
Old Forest 0 0  
Riparian 0 0  
Wetland 256.1 8.6  
Woodland 62.8 2.1  


573.7 19.2  

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Species at Risk

The B.C. Conservation Data Centre has recorded sightings of Coastal wood fern (blue listed), Western Screech-Owl, kennicottii subspecies (blue listed), Coast microseris (red listed), Propertius Duskywing (blue listed), White-top aster (blue listed), Macoun's meadow-foam (red listed), Nuttall's quillwort (blue listed), Fragrant popcornflower (red listed), Peregrine Falcon, anatum subspecies (red listed), White-top aster (red listed) and Great Blue Heron, fannini subspecies (blue listed) in the Hornby Island Local Trust Area.  There may be additional species at risk in the Hornby 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 Hornby Island Local Trust Area is located in the Coastal Douglas-fir Zone.  No Old Forest ecosystems were found in the 2008 Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping (TEM) of the local trust area used for this report, however, 2001 TEM of Helliwell Provincial Park does indicate some small old growth patches.  The mapping for Helliwell Park is currently being reviewed and will be updated accordingly.  The breakdown of forests by age class is as follows (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) 367 7.3  
Young Forest (40-80 yrs) 1,507 29.8  
Mature Forest (80-250 yrs) 256 5.1  

Modified Ecosystems in the Hornby Local Trust Area (2010)

Type of Modification

Area (ha)

Portion of LTA (%)  
Cultivated Field 287.6 9.6  
Rural 421.7 14.1  
Urban 51.0 1.7  
Road 106.8 3.6  


867.1 29.0  
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