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Conservation Planning - Our Biodiversity Priorities

We've mapped the islands' biodiversity and consulted a wide range of partners and experts to determine what ecosystems, species and landscapes are most in need of protection.  The Islands Trust Conservancy is focusing on these priorities for conservation.


Sensitive Ecosystems

Sensitive Ecosystems

Sensitive ecosystems are fragile and rare, and support a high diversity of species.  
Sensitive ecosystem mapping for each island in the region may be found at the Islands Trust's MapIT site. More information about sensitive ecosystems is available here.
Representative Ecosystems

Healthy Forests 

Healthy forests are vibrant, diverse communities with multi-aged trees and understory species. “Nurse logs” provide decaying matter and soil for young trees and snags – old standing dead trees, provide habitat. Many of our forest types are considered globally rare making them one of our biodiversity priorities.
Red-Legged Frog by K Ovaska

"At Risk" Species and Ecosystems

The ecosystems of the Islands Trust area are home to 114 federally-listed and 311 provincially-listed species at risk*.  Losing even one species to extinction can throw a whole ecosystem off balance, negatively affecting other species and even humans.  At-risk species have a better chance of survival if their homes are protected.

Size, Connectivity & Buffers

The location and landscape context of protected areas matters. Larger protected  connected to each other through natural corridors support more species and have lower extinction rates. We can improve the value of small protected properties in the islands by creating natural buffers around them and creating corridors connecting them to other protected areas.

Marine Shorelines & Nearshore Zone

The nearshore zone - where land meets water - holds some of the highest rates of biodiversity in the islands.  People are attracted to beaches more than any other natural area in the islands.  But the habitats of the nearshore zone are especially sensitive to disturbance.  Species in this zone depend on precise physical and biological conditions, such as wave action or available sunlight.  Docks, seawalls, gardens and homes can all seriously damage habitats of nearshore areas.

Islets and Small Islands

Many islets and small islands have been spared the threats common to larger islands.  With little human impact and fewer invasive species, islets and small islands tend to support many species at-risk and rare plant communities.  The isolated conditions found on small islands and islets also support colony nesting birds.  Protecting islets and small islands is an important goal of conservation planning in the Islands Trust area.

*Numbers are determined by search criteria that isolate species by biogeoclimatic zone and regional district (B.C. Conservation Data Centre, 2017).


Page last updated: 10/08/18
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