What are Coastal Douglas-fir Ecosystems?
The Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) zone describes a unique set of ecosystems found only on southeast Vancouver Island, the islands of the Salish Sea, and the southwest coast of BC. CDF ecosystems are rare and highly endangered. These ecosystems include Douglas-fir forests, as well as Garry oak woodlands, wetlands, estuaries, and other unique communities of plant, animal, and fungi found nowhere else in the world.
The purpose of this project is to implement the Protecting the Coastal Douglas-fir Zone and Associated Ecosystems toolkit on Salt Spring Island and achieve the Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee’s strategic priority of “Protection of the Coastal Douglas Fir Ecosystem.”
The primary objectives of the project are:
- Maintain contiguous forest cover;
- Protect and restore functioning ecosystems;
- Protect watershed ecology;
- Honour Coast Salish cultural heritage; and
- Mitigate wildfire risk
The Salt Spring Island Local Trust Committee (SSI LTC) is committed to a transparent, collaborative planning process that acknowledges diverse perspectives on, and relationships with, the Island’s forests among our community.
To learn more about this work please visit the Salt Spring Island Projects page.