Care for Sensitive Ecosystems and Endangered Species

We share the islands with an amazing diversity of ecosystems and species that can be both beautiful and fragile.  As a property owner, you can play an important role maintaining this diversity by leaving natural areas be and making small changes to your everyday choices regarding your home.  Your green choices benefit not just plants and animals, buy you and your family.  Properties with healthy, natural greenspace are usually worth more than those without.

Leave space for sensitive ecosystems

At one time, these ecosystems created a rich mosaic of landscapes across the islands in Canada's Salish Sea.  Today, these ecosystems still act as strongholds for a rich diversity of rare species, though at times are endangered themselves, fragmented by human use and development.

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Old Forest Woodland Wetland  Herbaceous
       
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Cliff  Riparian  Freshwater  Mature Forest

Do you have one of these sensitive ecosystems on your property?  Here are just some of the actions you can take to preserve these landscapes for species today and future generations tomorrow.  For more detailed information, click on one of the ecosystems above

  • Limit human and livestock access to these areas to avoid soil compaction and erosion
  • Create a vegetated buffer between the parts of your property you use and these ecosystems
  • Avoid using pesticides or other chemicals on your property.  The CRD Pests and Pesticides Facts page provides natural alternatives to pest management
  • Allow natural cycles of seasonal moisture variations to continue by letting standing water be during the rainy season, and refraining from watering during dry seasons
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Make your home habitat friendly

Buddy the owl More than 350 rare and endangered species are found in the biogeoclimatic zones that encompass the islands - the Coastal Douglas-fir and Coastal Western Hemlock zones.  The islands and mainland surrounding the Salish Sea are considered a hotspot in the province for species diversity.  With most of these species' habitat privately owned, private landowners like you play an important role in the lives of species-at-risk.

Here are some things you can do to help restore the balance between human and wildlife habitat:

  • Leave tree snags in place to provide food and shelter for cavity-nesting birds and mammals
  • When removing hazard trees, consider leaving a stump of 3-5 meters, creating a standing snag for birds and mammals
  • Leave some fallen trees and branches on the ground for insects, birds and small mammals
  • Avoid disturbing wet or boggy areas where amphibians may breed
  • Keep your cats indoors to protect fledgling songbirds
  • Garden with native plants

Visit the South Coast Conservation Program's BC's Coast Region: Species and Ecosystems of Conservation Concern to learn what endangered plants and animals are found in your region.

 
For more information and helpful tips

Our staff is happy to help you learn more about sensitive ecosystems on your land, and how you can steward and protect them.  Contact us

The following PDF links provide more useful tips and information about how to live sustainably with our natural ecosystems.

Page last updated: 13/10/16
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