Conducting Research in our Protected Places

Islands Trust Fund nature reserves are excellent places to conduct scientific research.  These spaces can provide natural laboratories to study how island ecosystems function and adapt.  Our nature reserves offer a diversity of landscapes and ecosystems in which to study, including old growth forests, wetlands, herbaceous and riparian.  Researchers can take pride knowing their work not only benefits their own studies, but also provides the Islands Trust Fund and our partners with much-needed information that assists us in managing our protected places.
 

Permission Required

If you are considering conducting research on a property protected by the Islands Trust Fund, you will need to first obtain permission from either the Board or staff.  To obtain permission, please submit a written research proposal summarizing the purpose and goals of the research, timeframe, methodology, anticipated benefits and potential impacts of the research. 

We recommend contacting staff early in the design of any research proposal concerning Islands Trust Fund nature reserves.  Staff may have helpful suggestions regarding past research and potential methodology techniques.
 

Financial Support

Research projects conducted in an Islands Trust Fund protected area, particularly those meeting specific management goals already set by the Islands Trust Fund may be eligible for financial support from the Islands Trust Fund.  For more information on the management goals of our nature reserves, please visit our property management plans

Funding is dependent on the Islands Trust Fund's available budget that year and other management priorities.  Contact staff to determine if your research project may be eligible for funding.
 

Areas Closed to Research

Some Islands Trust Fund nature reserves and sanctuaries are closed to the public because they are home to species especially sensitive to disturbance (e.g. nesting birds).   Typically, research will not be permitted in these areas unless the researcher can demonstrate their work is essential to the survival of the particular species the reserve is closed to protect.

 

Protected Area Statistics

Over 18% of the islands in Canada's Salish Sea are protected. Protected land includes parks, nature reserves, ecological reserves, watershed lands, heritage forests lands and conservation covenants.

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Page last updated: 10/02/16
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