Although a popular way to combat climate change is to plant trees, most people will agree that protecting nature is the best strategy to fight climate change.
Conserving land is a more effective strategy than restoring ecosystems once they are degrading or lost. Over the past 30 years, Islands Trust Conservancy, together with partnering local conservancies and landowners, has protected land with 31 nature reserves and 76 conservation covenants. Take a tour of our protected places to learn more or see our list of lands managed by the Islands Trust Conservancy.
1,300+ Hectares of Rare Habitat ~ Preserved
It is important to save land that remains natural. It’s a foundation of rich biodiversity and, with fragile and rare ecosystems, the only areas left of their kind.
Islands Trust Conservancy’s nature reserves are often open to the public and restricted to clearly marked trails. While it is tempting to protect these lands from human touch as completely as possible, it is only by spending time in protected places that we have a sense of how rich in birds, plants and insects the islands are.
Without these benchmarks, we lose a sense of what we can cherish, and we lose a sense of the wild and our connection to it. We hope you visit these nature reserves and share in the joy and awe we feel when we are in the presence of nature at its wildest.
Nature Reserve Management Plans
Islands Trust Conservancy nature reserves have detailed management plans outlining environmental features, issues, strategies and more. Learn more
Care of Protected Lands
Islands Trust Conservancy’s mandate is to protect land entrusted to us in perpetuity. Learn more
Visiting Nature Reserves
We welcome visitors and ask that you please tread softly on the land. Visiting is restricted to 22 of the 31 nature reserves on the islands of the Salish Sea. Learn more
Research on Nature Reserves
Islands Trust Conservancy nature reserves are excellent places for scientific research. Learn more
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