Only you can set stewardship in motion. The Coastal Douglas-fir and Coastal Western Hemlock ecosystems that characterize our region are of high conservation value, harbouring a rich diversity of species and ecosystems.
Because of logging, development, climate change, and other pressures many of these ecosystems are now endangered—some covering only a small percentage of their historic range.
As a private landowner, you can play an important role in maintaining this diversity by protecting what’s left of these fragile ecosystems and giving the plants and animals that share your land an opportunity to thrive.
Care for Sensitive Ecosystems/Endangered Species
We share the islands with an amazing diversity of species and ecosystems. At one time, these ecosystems created a rich mosaic of landscapes across the islands in Canada’s Salish Sea. Today, although fragmented and endangered, these ecosystems still act as strongholds for native species. Learn about actions you can take to protect these ecosystems on your property. Learn more
Care for Habitat
The lands and waters of the Salish Sea are a ‘hot spot’ in the province for species diversity, with over 350 rare and endangered species. Much of the habitat for these species is on privately owned land. Landowners like you have an important role to play in the survival of species-at-risk. These are some simple things you can do to help protect, restore, and enhance wildlife habitat. Learn more
Protect Against Invasives
Invasive species are considered one of the greatest threats to biodiversity worldwide. Invasive species can out-compete a diversity of native species, taking over entire sections of your property. They also pose threats to human and animal health, fuel wildfires, and devalue a property. You can play a part in stopping the spread of invasive species. Learn more
Garden With Native Species
Celebrate the beauty of the islands by using native plants in your home garden. Many islanders want attractive, easy-to-maintain, drought-tolerant gardens that attract birds and butterflies. The best plant choices for island gardens are often the native plants that thrive naturally in our region. Planting native species is part of the solution to habitat loss. Learn more