Bowen Island Municipality

Protected Areas in the Bowen Island Municipality (2017)

 

Terrestrial

 Type of Protected Area  Area (ha)  Portion (%) of
Municipality
 Conservation Covenant  2.12  0.04
 Ecological Reserve  395.10  7.82
 Nature Reserve  30.40  0.60
 Park - Municipal  76.28  1.53
 Park - Provincial  9.47  0.19
 Park - Regional  220.43  4.36
   734.80  14.54


Marine

Bowen Island Municipality has no marine protected areas and no Rockfish Conservation Areas in its waters.

   

Ecosystem Values in the Bowen Island Municipality (2010)

Sensitive Ecosystems

Sensitive Ecosystems Area (ha) Portion of
Municipality (%)
 
Cliff 0 0  
Freshwater 60.1 9.7  
Herbaceous 71.9 1.4  
Mature Forest 2,477.4 49.0  
Old Forest 47.8 1.0  
Riparian 11.4 0.2  
Wetland 76.2 1.5  
Woodland 0 0  

Total

2,744.8 54.3  

 

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Species at Risk

The B.C. Conservation Data Centre has a recorded sighting of the Blue dasher (Pachydiplax longipennis) on Bowen Island. The Blue dasher is a dragonfly that is provincially blue listed (Special Concern). Blue listed species have characteristics that make them particularly sensitive or vulnerable to human activities or natural events. There may be additional species at risk on Bowen Island that are not recorded with the B.C. Conservation Data Centre or whose locations are considered confidential information.

Forested Ecosystems

Bowen Island is in the Coastal Western Hemlock Zone and has a particularly high level of mature and older forest compared with Islands Trust Areas located in the Coastal Douglas-fir biogeoclimatic zone - over 50% is in forests over 80 years of age. The breakdown of forests by age class is below.

Forest Type Area (ha)

Portion of
Municipality (%)

 

Pole/Sapling Forest (<40 yrs) 252 5.0  
Young Forest (40-80 yrs) 1,478 29.2  
Mature Forest (80-250 yrs) 2,492 49.3  
Old Forest (>250 yrs) 50 1.0  

 


Modified Ecosystems in the Bowen Island Municipality (2010)

Type of Modification

Area (ha)

Portion of

Municipality(%)

 

Cultivated Field 36.5 0.7  
Rural 488.5 9.7  
Urban 8.6 0.2  
Road 155.2 3.1  
Golf Course 19.1 0.4  
Gravel Pit 0.7 <0.1  
Industrial 2.8 0.1  
Reservoir 0.8 <0.1  

Total

712.2 14.1  

 

 

 

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