Priority Ecosystems

Priority Ecosystems Restoration Project

With only a little more than four per cent of Mayne Island's land area in public hands, efforts to protect sensitive ecosystems must involve action by land owners. The Conservancy, from its very inception, has been involved in promoting good stewardship to people who hold land on the island. Actions ranging from "Conservation Covenants" to Stewardship Consultations to Property Walkabouts have been the meat and potatoes of MICS' program of "Caring for the Land." Now thanks to new funding (see below) we are able to embark on this Priority Ecosystems Restoration Project.

Project Overview

The Priority Ecosystem Restoration Project focuses primarily on four ecosystem types that contain provincially imperiled and critically imperiled ecological communities. Specifically CDFmm70, CDFmm02, CDFmm03, and CDFmm51 as described in B.A. Blackwell, 2008 - the full document on Ecosystem Mapping in the S.G.I. can be viewed as a PDF file on the Islands Trust site here. Within these ecological communities we will also contribute to the long term conservation of four designated Sensitive Ecosystems on Mayne Island – Woodland, Herbaceous, Cliff, and Mature Forest.

Multiple land owners meet to discuss an ecosystem restoration plan that will cover four neighbouring properties
In doing this we will contribute to the Coastal Douglas Fir Conservation Strategy goals (2015) and the biodiversity protection priorities of the Islands Trust Fund Conservation Plan (2011-15). This includes conservation of sensitive ecosystems, ‘at risk’ species and ecosystems, and buffers and connections to protected areas.

We are working with key land owners on whose land these ecosystems are located, and who have shown a commitment to land stewardship. We have the support of the local Parks and Recreation Commission, Capital Regional District, and land owners, as well as our membership base and community volunteers. Utilizing community volunteers in all aspects of the project results in an increase in knowledge of local ecosystems and species, showcases the power of land stewardship/restoration actions, and encourages additional land owners to take similar actions on their own properties.


Financial support for this project has been provided by:

  • Environment Canada's Ecoaction Program
  • Victoria Foundation
  • TD Friends of the Environment Foundation
  • Province of British Columbia
  • Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission

Garry Oaks photo
Garry oak Ecosystems are home to more species at risk of extinction than any other ecosystem type in Canada.
Photo of Windblown Douglas Fir & Garry Oak
Windblown Douglas fir, arbutus, and Garry oak distinguish some of the Gulf Islands most iconic yet at risk ecosystems.
Photo of camouflaged unicorn moth larvae
Can you spot the camouflaged unicorn moth (Schizura unicornis) larvae?

Photo of Propertius Duskywing
The red listed Propertius Duskywing is a rare species of butterfly whose only known host plant in Canada is the Garry Oak.
Photo of a Chocolate lily
Chocolate lily (Fritillaria affinis) is a beautiful native wildflower in the onion family that lives in in Garry oak meadows.

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