Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area

Protected Areas in the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area (2018)



Type of Protected Area Area (ha) Portion of LTA (%)
Conservation Covenant 329.70 1.68
Ecological Reserve 759.59 3.86
Nature Reserve 422.13 2.14
Park - Community 121.28 0.62
Park - Federal 195.53 0.99
Park - Provincial 1483.52 7.54
Park - Regional 331.91 1.69
Watershed Protection 297.75 1.51


3941.40 20.03


Type of Marine Protection Area (ha)
Federal Marine Protected Area 281.6
Marine Ecological Reserve 327.6
Rockfish Conservation Area 3,332.4
Total 3781.2


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

Ecosystem Values in the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area (2010)

Sensitive Ecosystems

Sensitive Ecosystems Area (ha) Portion of LTA (%)  
Cliff 26.3 0.1  
Freshwater 280.9 1.4  
Herbaceous 383.4 2.3  
Mature Forest 1,383.2 7.0  
Old Forest 62.6 0.3  
Riparian 21.1 0.1  
Wetland 403.7 2.1  
Woodland 2,591.0 13.2  


5,220.4 26.5  

View the ecosystem maps for Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area

Species at Risk

The B.C. Conservation Data Centre has recorded sightings of Sharp-tailed snake (red listed), Geyer's onion (blue listed), Banded cord-moss (blue listed), Zerene fritillary, bremnerii subspecies (red listed), Propertius duskywing (blue listed), Scalepod (red listed), Red-legged frog (blue listed), Manroot (red listed), Barn Owl (blue listed), Western Screech-Owl, kennicottii subspecies (blue listed), California hedge-parsley (red listed), Slimleaf onion (blue listed), Peregrine Falcon, anatum subspecies (red listed), Moss' elfin, mossii subspecies (blue listed), Gray's desert-parsley (red listed), Small-flowered tonella (red listed), Surf Scoter (blue listed), Great Blue Heron, fannini subspecies (blue listed), Slender-spiked mannagrass (blue listed), Macrae's clover (blue listed), Double-crested Cormorant (blue listed) and Dun skipper (blue listed) in the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area.  There may be additional species at risk in the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area that are not recorded with the Conservation Data Centre or whose locations are considered confidential information.

Forested Ecosystems

The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Area is primarily in the Coastal Douglas-fir Zone, although its higher elevations are considered in the Coastal Western Hemlock Zone.  More than 62 hectares of old forest ecosystems were found in the local trust area.  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) 5,072 25.7  
Young Forest (40-80 yrs) 7,530 38.3  
Mature Forest (80-250 yrs) 1,675 8.5  
Old Forest (>250 years) 63 0.3  

Modified Ecosystems in the Salt Spring Local Trust Area (2010)

Type of Modification

Area (ha)

Portion of LTA (%)  
Cultivated Field 1,159.0 5.9  
Cultivated Orchard 7.3 <0.1  
Rural 1,965.5 10.0  
Urban 93.6 0.5  
Road 583.4 3.0  
Golf Course 26.7 0.1  
Gravel Pit 13.2 0.1  


3,848.7 19.6  


Page last updated: 11/04/18
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