Community Engagement - Salt Spring & Thetis Island Management Plans

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We would like to hear your ideas and concerns regarding the long-term management of these special places...

 

Moore Hill Nature Reserve, Thetis Island

Islands Trust Conservancy acknowledges and respects that Thetis Island is within the territory of Coast Salish Peoples, the Cowichan Tribes, Halalt First Nation, Lyackson First Nation, Penelakut Tribe, SEMYOME (Semiahmoo) First Nation, Snuneymuxw First Nation, Stz'uminus (Chemainus) First Nation, and Ts'uubaa-asatx (Lake Cowichan) First Nation.

Our team will soon design the first management plan to guide how we, as a community, preserve and protect the Moore Hill Nature Reserve over the next 10 years, and we are interested in hearing from you.

Moore Hill Nature Reserve is a 21-hectare nature reserve located on the east side of Thetis Island that was acquired in 2017 as the result of two years of active fundraising by the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy, the Cowichan Community Land Trust, and the Islands Trust Conservancy.

"MHNR" (it's a mouthful) includes Moore Hill, which is 175 metres above sea level and is the highest point of the ridge on the east side of Thetis Island. MHNR has approximately 425 metres of shoreline with sea cliffs and rock boulder terrain near sea level. Numerous caves, cliffs, and crevices provide excellent habitat for bats and other species that require these features as part of their habitat needs.

Islands Trust Conservancy works in partnership with Cowichan Community Land Trust, who hold a conservation covenant on the nature reserve, and with on-island management partner Thetis Island Nature Conservancy. There are restrictions on the use of the property, outlined in the covenant, that have been put in place to protect the native plants and animals that live there.

Tell us what you think through this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MooreHill

(deadline to complete the survey is March 15, 2021)

And, if you can, join us for discussion and additional information about the Moore Hill Nature Reserve via a Zoom Video Webinar on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 from 7-8 pm

To join the webinar, type the following link into your browser: https://islandstrust.zoom.us/j/62220488294

(webinar ID: 622 2048 8294)

 

Ruby Alton Nature Reserve, Salt Spring Island

Islands Trust Conservancy acknowledges and respects that Salt Spring Island is within the territory of Coast Salish Peoples, the Cowichan Tribes, Halalt First Nation, Lyackson First Nation, MÁLEXEȽ (Malahat) Nation, BOḰEĆEN (Pauquachin) First Nation, Penelakut Tribe, SEMYOME (Semiahmoo) First Nation, Stz'uminus (Chemainus) First Nation, W̱JOȽEȽP (Tsartlip) First Nation, SȾÁUTW̱ (Tsawout) First Nation, Tsawwassen First Nation, W̱SIḴEM (Tseycum) First Nation and Ts'uubaa-asatx (Lake Cowichan) First Nation.

Ruby Alton Nature Reserve is a 1.6-hectare nature reserve located on Fulford Harbour in south Salt Spring Island. Now is the time for the management plan that guides caretaking of this unique location to be updated - with your help.

Ruby Alton was an ardent environmentalist who recognized the importance of conserving resources and protecting habitat. She bequeathed her property to Islands Trust Conservancy in 2002.

There is a house and garden with a tenant family who act as caretakers. There is public beach access off Isabella Point Road and a natural forest area with Forsen Brook flowing east towards Fulford Harbour with clam and eelgrass beds.

Islands Trust Conservancy works in partnership with The Land Conservancy, who hold a conservation covenant on the nature reserve. There are restrictions on the use of the property, outlined in the covenant, that have been put in place to protect the native plants and animals that live there.

Tell us what you think through this short survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/RANR

(deadline to complete the survey is March 15, 2021)

And, if you can, join us for discussion and additional information about the Ruby Alton Nature Reserve via a Zoom Video Webinar on Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 7-8 pm

To join the webinar, type the following link into your browser: https://islandstrust.zoom.us/j/67042336524

(webinar ID: 670 4233 6524)

 

Islands Trust Conservancy is committed to honouring the rich history of Indigenous stewardship in the lands and waters of the Islands Trust Area and to building mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous partners in conservation. In 2019, Islands Trust Conservancy passed a Reconciliation Declaration committing to building relationships to work to protect and manage the area and any cultural heritage sites in these nature reserves in a way that is reflective of treaty, inherent rights, and the territorial lands.

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Page last updated: 18/02/21
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