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Conservation Planning - Our Achievements

To move towards the goals set in the Regional Conservation Plan 2011-2017, the Islands Trust Fund has developed a set of measurable action items. The Islands Trust Fund will monitor its progress in completing these actions. Read more in the 2011-2017 Regional Conservation Plan Accomplishments  [PDF].

To ensure we are on the right track, in 2017, the Islands Trust Fund is developing the Regional Conservation Plan 2018-2027, a ten year plan to move us forward in the conservation of the islands. To ensure the goals of the Regional Conservation Plan remain rooted in science, we developed a Securement Strategy 2017-2027 to identify land with high biodiversity values.

Habitat Protected So Far

Federal, provincial and regional governments, the Islands Trust Fund, and our island-based land trust partners are all working to permanently protect ecosystems in the islands. As of 2017, 17.81% of the Islands Trust area was protected by public and non-profit conservation organizations. The Islands Trust Fund's protected areas account for 8.27% of the total protected land in the islands.

Local Trust Area / Island Municipality

Protected Area (ha)

% of Local
Trust Area protected

Ballenas-Winchelsea Islands 23.38 13.14
Bowen Island 734.80 14.54
Denman Island 1238.10 24.03
Gabriola Island 534.81 9.19
Galiano Island 1277.76 21.18
Gambier Island 1598.72 16.28
Hornby Island 691.04 23.18
Lasqueti Island 875.02 11.86
Mayne Island 104.09 4.39
North Pender Island 1010.47 19.29
Salt Spring Island 3913.80 19.89
Saturna Island 1610.58 45.10
South Pender Island 293.89 32.16
Thetis Island 175.87 3.60

Total Trust Area

14,082.11 ha

17.81 %


Types of Protected Areas in the Islands



Page last updated: 01/03/18
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