The Islands Trust Fund's work is guided by the Regional Conservation Plan, a science-based plan that identifies, prioritizes and plans for the protection of the best of the islands' natural spaces. We develop these plans to focus our efforts and resources on what's most urgently in need of protection.
Our current Regional Conservation Plan expires at the end of 2017, so over the next year we are reaching out to experts, partners, the public and First Nations with interests in the lands and waters in the Islands Trust area to develop a new ten year Regional Conservation Plan for the Islands Trust area. The draft 2018-2027 Regional Conservation Plan can be viewed here.
Comments or feedback on the draft plan are welcome until November 30, 2017 at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The History of the Regional Conservation Plan
- 2005 - The Islands Trust Fund adopts the first Regional Conservation Plan, promoting a regional approach to the protection of ecologically-significant land across the Islands Trust area.
- 2010 - The Trust Fund Board approves the current Regional Conservation Plan (2011-2015). The plan identifies seven goals and proposes thirty objectives to guide the work of the Islands Trust Fund over the course of the plan.
- 2015 - The Trust Fund Board votes to extend the Regional Conservation Plan to the end of 2017.
- 2017 - Checking our progress. The 2011-2017 Regional Conservation Plan Accomplishments can be viewed here. [PDF]
Our 2011-2017 Biodiversity Priorities
We believe the biodiversity of the islands makes them beautiful. We're committed to protecting that diversity of life. To do this, we've prioritized the protection of these features:
- Rare and sensitive ecosystems, such as old forest, woodland, freshwater, riparian, herbaceous, wetland, and cliff ecosystems
- Ecosystems representative of the islands
- At-risk species and ecosystems
- Ecosystems that connect and buffer existing protected areas
- Nearshore zone areas
- Islets and small islands
Our 2011-2017 Goals
To achieve the most protection for our biodiversity priorities, we've set to work with our partners on the following goals:
- Protect core conservation areas
- Protect biodiversity in working landscapes
- Conserve marine ecosystems
- Encourage local governments to prioritize biodiversity
- Empower islanders to conserve the islands
- Build strong conservation partners
- Take care of what we have
We're measuring our own successes and the combined successes of conservation efforts across the islands so we can adapt and respond to new conservation opportunities. Over the course of the Regional Conservation Plan, we'll reassess our priorities and goals to continue to move towards effective protection of the natural landscape of the islands.