Salish View Nature Reserve

About

The acquisition of this 11.5 ha property was accomplished through of a community fundraising effort led by the Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy and the Islands Trust Conservancy.

The nature reserve, established in July 2019, is on southeastern Lasqueti Island and rises 160 metres above the island’s rocky south coast to a prominent ridgetop with stunning 270 degree views of the Salish Sea. It extends from the western boundary of Squitty Bay Provincial Park, connecting the shoreline to the ridgetop and increasing the total protected area on Lasqueti Island to 428 hectares.

The nature reserve contains a complex mixture of rocky ridges, 20-meter high bluffs, deep, narrow valleys, shallow wetland pools, and open, moss covered bluffs. Shore pine, western redcedar, arbutus and Douglas-fir, some at least 350 years old, grow on the property.

History

Salish View Nature Reserve is situated within the traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples, who share a rich history of stewardship in the lands and waters of the Islands Trust Area.

Although trees on the lower slopes of the property have been logged over the years, there is little evidence of logging on the upper slopes and there are no residual stumps. Several large veteran Douglas-fir trees located in deep pocket soils have been aged at over 350 years.  Many of the older veteran Douglas-fir trees have fire scars on their bark. A fire is believed to have spread on this part of Lasqueti Island in the 1920s.

Except for a small pond built by the previous owners there are no building or structures within the nature reserve.

Visit

There is currently no recreational access to the Squitty Bay Nature Reserve and there are no maintained trails. The Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy and the Islands Trust Conservancy are exploring opportunities for a viewpoint trail.

Management

The Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy and the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust co-hold the conservation covenant on the Nature Reserve. The Islands Trust Conservancy relies on this partnership to assist with on-the-ground management. The Islands Trust Conservancy will monitor the property annually to detect any management issues, and the Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy and the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust Society will monitor the reserve to ensure covenant compliance.

A management plan is under development for the Nature Reserve and through consultation with interested and affected parties the long term management of the Nature Reserve will be determined.

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Page last updated: 16/10/19
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