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Extra protection for Gambier Island nature reserves

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Mount Artaban and surrounding protected areas on eastern Gambier Island, between Brigade Bay (foreground) and Long Bay. 

Three land trusts have teamed up to reinforce the protected status of three nature reserves on Gambier Island.

The Islands Trust Fund, owner of the nature reserves, recently signed conservation covenants with the Gambier Island Conservancy and Sunshine Coast Conservation Association (SCCA). The covenants legally commit all three organizations to share responsibility for safeguarding the nature reserves. The agreements also ensure decisions about future use and management will include local knowledge.

The three reserves, spanning 150 hectares, provide a wildlife corridor stretching from the bluffs of Brigade Bay to the top of Mount Artaban, a popular hiking destination that rises 614 metres (2,014 feet) above Howe Sound. The reserves’ forests, wetlands and streams filter rainwater, providing water for the communities at the base of the mountain.

“By having local groups hold conservation covenants on our reserves, we add local insight and extra protection,” said Jennifer Eliason of the Islands Trust Fund. “Our Howe Sound partners will forever have a say in the stewardship and management of these ecologically important areas.”

The SCCA sees the three-party agreement as an integral part of its mandate.

“This is exactly what our association exists to do — protect the biodiversity and environment on the Sunshine Coast,” said SCCA chair Jason Herz.

The reserves were originally protected as a result of the Gambier Island community’s vision and dedication. After heavy logging in the Brigade Bay area, the community worked with the landowner at the time to restore the watershed back to its original beauty. In 2005 the community negotiated the donation of two parcels to the Islands Trust Fund — Long Bay Creek Wetlands and Brigade Bay Bluffs — to be protected as nature reserves. In 2008, the Islands Trust Fund and the Gambier Island Conservancy raised more than $40,000 to acquire the adjacent Crown land encompassing Mount Artaban through the province’s sponsored Crown grant program.

Protecting these nature reserves for future generations is particularly important to the Gambier Island Conservancy, which is currently opposing plans to log two new woodlots on Gambier Island, one of which borders the Brigade Bay Bluffs Nature Reserve.

“These covenants support the ongoing effort to develop a comprehensive management plan for Howe Sound,” said the Conservancy’s president, Peter Scholefield.

The Gambier Island Conservancy works to preserve and restore Gambier Island’s biological diversity by enhancing public awareness and increasing environmental knowledge. The SCCA represents more than 30 local conservation and community groups dedicated to protecting the biodiversity and integrity of the Sunshine Coast environment. To learn more about their work, visit www.gambierc.ca and www.thescca.ca.

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