By carefully mapping the ecosystems and plant communities throughout the islands, we can determine where rare ecosystems are present and which areas are most threatened by development. We can all then focus our time and money on those ecosystems in greatest need of protection.
In addition to the PDF maps on this page, you can explore mapping layers through the Mapping page.
Nearshore Eelgrass Inventory Final Report, 2012-14: Between 2012 and 2014, eelgrass beds were mapped for the entire Islands Trust Area using towed underwater cameras in partnership with SeaChange Conservation Society and Seagrass Conservation Working Group. Eelgrass beds are important nurseries for young fish and are home to many invertebrate species such as sea slugs and sea stars. Special thank you to those organizations who provided funding and support for the project, including the Pacific Salmon Foundation, the Victoria Foundation, Greater Victoria Savings and Credit Union, Comox Valley Regional District, Capital Regional District, Metro Vancouver, the Mayne Island Conservancy Society and the Galiano Conservancy Association.
In 2013 – 2019, the Islands Trust Conservancy contracted assessment of beaches on Denman, Hornby, Thetis, Gambier, Keats, Bowen, North and South Pender, Valdes, Salt Spring, Wallace, Galiano, Lasqueti, Sidney, and James islands for habitat suitable for forage fish spawning.
Please note that on May 31, 2018, the former Islands Trust Fund and Trust Fund Board legally became the Islands Trust Conservancy. Old maps will continue to display the old name, but provisions of the legislation ensure the legal continuity of the Islands Trust Fund and Trust Fund Board as the Islands Trust Conservancy.
Local Trust Areas/Bowen Island Ecosystem Inventory Maps
Map 14a: Eelgrass Presence North Pender LTA Associated Island (North)VIEW (PDF 798 KB) VIEW (PDF 798 KB)
Map 14b: Eelgrass Presence North Pender LTA Associated Island (South)VIEW (PDF 794 KB) VIEW (PDF 794 KB)
Islands Trust Sensitive Ecosystem Mapping is based on Terrestrial Ecosystem Mapping created by Islands Trust Conservancy, the Province of British Columbia and Parks Canada. Reports for the Coastal Douglas-fir area and Salt Spring Island are available from the Province’s Ecological Reports Catalogue. Parks Canada reports must be acquired from Parks Canada. Islands Trust reports include:
SEM-TEM Mapping Cultivated Fields and Coast Sand EcosystemsVIEW (PDF 1331 KB) VIEW (PDF 1331 KB)
The Sensitive Ecosystem Maps (PDFs) were created in 2001-2007. In 2017, Islands Trust acquired new imagery (2014) and updated our terrestrial ecosystems mapping and sensitive ecosystem mapping layers. The PDF Sensitive Ecosystem Maps were not updated.