Events and Projects
Mount Artaban | Nature Reserves | Streamkeepers and Mapping Project
Marking Trails |
Environmentally Sensitive Areas Study
Desmond Paine Bequest
The Gambier Island Conservancy is very grateful to Desmond Paine who bequeathed a significant donation to us.
Desmond, a long time resident of Gambier, passed away in June of 2007.
He retired in the late1980s to Gambier Harbour where he built a home
and studio. He was a founding Director of the Gambier Island
Conservancy and a very active and involved member of the Gambier
community while at the same time staying connected to his roots in
Desmond was a strong supporter of the Conservancy's efforts to protect
sensitive areas of the Island and gave generously of his time and
energy to the objectives of the Gambier Island Conservancy.
He worked extensively with the Streamkeepers and the Mapping Projects
to make spatially accurate maps of Gambier's watersheds, streams and
wetlands. His woodworking skills were in great demand when the
Conservancy built much needed 'thunder boxes' out of fiber-glass for
the various camp sites on the Island.
These bequest funds have been placed in the Gambier Island Conservancy
Land Trust account; an account created some time ago, specifically for
the purpose of acquiring land on Gambier for protection . Donations of
land or funds to the Conservancy are always welcome. Funds not
specifically targeted for other projects are added to the Land Trust
As a not for profit organization, the Gambier Island Conservancy can
issue tax receipts for donations and bequests. In addition the
Conservancy has obtained permission to accumulate funds for land
acquisition, otherwise as a charitable organization it is required to
spend 80% of its income annually.
Anyone interested in obtaining more information about this land trust
or donating to this fund please contact Boris Gorgitza, Treasurer, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Brigade Bay Bluffs Nature Reserve (Gambier Island)
The Brigade Bay Bluffs Nature Reserve is 5.14 hectares (13 acres) of
steep Coastal Douglas-fir forested bluff. It was donated, along with
the Long Bay Wetland Nature Reserve, as part of a subdivision process
involving the community and many stakeholders.
Long Bay Creek Wetland Nature Reserve (Gambier Island)
The Long Bay Wetland Nature Reserve is a 38 hectare (94 acres) property
with a wetland that flows into a major fish bearing stream and protects
a key part of the Long Bay watershed on Gambier Island. It was donated,
along with the Brigade Bay Bluff Nature Reserve, as part of a
subdivision process involving the community and many stakeholders.
See: Islands Trust Fund link
August and December, 2001 and January and February, 2002. Stream
mapping following the Sensitive Habitat Inventory and Mapping (SHIM)
methodology was carried out Priority streams were mapped with a
high-end GPS. An outreach strategy developed during the first project
year and was implemented during the second year. Presentations have
been made to local government planning committees, schools and numerous
See: more information
Gambier Island Conservancy GIS Project
In 1996 the Gambier Island Conservancy as part of the Streamkeepers
project (funded by the Urban Salmon Habitat Program) observed there was
little detailed environmental data for the Island, and the Conservancy
was concerned that without hard data and increased public awareness,
the environmental values would not be protected both on the private and
crown lands. Pressures to develop and log land have escalated in recent
years, and the Conservancy wanted to take a pro-active approach to help
the Land Use Planning processes currently underway (e.g., OCP review)
by providing much-needed data.
Overview of Gambier Island Conservancy
Streamkeepers and Mapping Project
- Little detailed environmental data exited for the Island.
- The Conservancy was concerned that without hard data and increased public awareness the
environmental values would not be protected both on the private and crown lands.
- Pressures to develop and log land have escalated in recent years.
- The Conservancy wanted to take a pro-active approach to help the Land Use Planning
processes currently underway (OCP review) by providing much needed data.
- Collect available digital data and analog maps in a central location.
- Digitize and make data more accessible (Arcview) for land use planning and field/inventory
- Data collected: TRIM, forest cover, orthophotos, cadastral, geological, zoning, biophysical
- Identify gaps and prioritize projects.
- Streamkeepers: detailed fish habitat assessment and stream mapping.
- Mapping Gambier's watersheds.
- Environmentally Sensitve Areas Project.
- Study of the riparian zones around Gambier's Lakes.
- Old Growth Study.
- Wetlands Project.
- Integration of data sets.
- Recognizing the accuracy limitations within each set of data (e.g., Island outline).
- Need an effective way to store meta-data.
- Increased level of technical skills required by local volunteers to manage the data.
- Logistics of doing detailed field work in a remote rugged island location.
- Availability/distribution of environmental information to interested agencies/groups/persons.
- Need a central repository for data to avoid duplication and assist other initiatives.
- Need standards for mapping and inventory work that will allow increasing levels of detail to
build progressively without duplication.
- Having standards would enhance shareability and reduce redundancy.
Gambier is about 2/3 Crown land, and over the years trails, many on abandoned logging roads, have been established
on the island's public land. The Conservancy, in association with the local summer camps, has been
marking these existing trails, using standard signage.
Environmentally Sensitive Areas (ESA) Study
See ESA Map
In cooperation with Capilano College's Environmental Sciences Program and the Real Estate Foundation,
the Conservancy has been sponsoring an ESA study on Gambier's Crown land. In 1997, two students
inventoried ESA's. In 1998, students took a closer look at Gambier's wetlands (one of the most sensitive
and rare types of habitat).