PenderBlog From The Pender Islands Of Canada

October 31, 2009

Open house for new ecosystem maps

Filed under: Nature watch — Jocko @ 12:18 pm

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A touch of frost on a mossy knoll in Abbott Park, Magic Lake Estates last winter (photo by Jocko).

From the Islands Trust:

The Islands Trust and Islands Trust Fund will host open houses throughout November to introduce new ecosystem maps to Gulf Island communities. Join Kate Emmings, Ecosystem Protection Specialist, as she leads a journey into the world of ecosystem mapping.

A diversity of plants and animals – many of them rare and endangered – make the ecosystems of the Gulf Islands unique in the world. The natural landscapes that support this diversity are fragmented and in urgent need of conservation. For example, less than 1% of the region’s old forests remain. The Islands Trust and Islands Trust Fund have partnered to identify and map these fragile ecosystems to meet conservation goals.

In collaboration with Parks Canada and the Province of British Columbia, ecosystem maps are being created for the entire Islands Trust Area using the most recent aerial photography and field data collection. These maps are the foundation of the Islands Trust Fund’s 2010-2015 Regional Conservation Plan. The new five-year plan will focus staff and volunteer attention on the most at-risk ecosystems and on identifying a possible network of protected areas. The ecosystem mapping will also be available to local trust committees for land use planning.

The Islands Trust and Islands Trust Fund invites Gulf Island communities to the November open houses to learn more about ecosystem mapping and to provide feedback on maps of their islands.

An open house will be hosted on South Pender, Thursday, November 26th 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. South Pender Fire Hall 8961 Gowlland Point Rd.

Drop by at the start of the open house for an introductory presentation to learn how and why the maps were created and how they might be used by your community. Stay to interact with the digital mapping displays and 3-D air photo viewing that will enable you to dive into the many layers of ecosystem mapping. Kate will be available during these times to answer questions and receive community feedback. Come out and try your hand at mapping.

Everyone is welcome.

For more information about the Islands Trust Fund, visit http://www.islandstrustfund.bc.ca/

or telephone Shawn Black,  A/Manager,  Islands Trust Fund at 250.405.5191 or Mac Fraser,  Director,  Local Planning Services at 250.812-6944

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