ECNR Questionnaire Open until March 15, 2021

Islands Trust Conservancy acknowledges and respects that Gabriola Island is within the territory of the Coast Salish Peoples including Cowichan Tribes, Halalt First Nation, Lyackson First Nation, Penelakut Tribe, SEMYOME (Semiahmoo) First Nation, Snuneymuxw First Nation, Stz'uminus (Chemainus) First Nation, Ts'uubaa-asatx (Lake Cowichan) First Nation.

The S’ul-hween X’pey/ Elder Cedar Nature Reserve is a 65 hectare protected area which holds some of the last remaining mature forest on Gabriola Island.  Rocky outcrops, several interconnecting streams and wetland complexes travel through the property.  The diversity of landscapes provide habitat to a wide array of species, including those provincially designated as a 'species at risk'. Of the provincially designated species that have potential habitat on the property, presence of the following have been confirmed through previous surveys: the Red-legged Frog, Western Screech-Owl, Band-Tailed Pigeon and Townsend's Big-eared Bat.

The Islands Trust Conservancy’s primary goal is to protect and nurture the sensitive ecosystems and natural values on this land. The information and actions required to achieve this goal and guide the management of the property are set out in a management plan that is updated every 10 years. We welcome community input and ask you to share your thoughts on the protection and long-term management of the S’ul-hween X’pey/ Elder Cedar Nature Reserve.          

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* 1. Are you a resident of Gabriola Island?

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* 2. Have you ever visited the S’ul-hween X’pey/ Elder Cedar Nature Reserve? If so, how often?

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* 3. If you have visited S’ul-hween X’pey/ Elder Cedar Nature Reserve before, what did you do there?

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* 4. Please list any wildlife and unique plant species you have seen in or near S’ul-hween X’pey/ Elder Cedar Nature Reserve:

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* 5. What do you believe to be the most important values of nature reserves? (choose three)

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* 6. What activities do you believe are incompatible with the protection of natural features, and should not be allowed within S’ul-hween X’pey/ Elder Cedar Nature Reserve?

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* 7. What do you feel could be the greatest threat to the health of this nature reserve, and should be the highest management priority for the Islands Trust Conservancy?

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* 8. Please provide any other relevant information that will help us make the best management decisions for S’ul-hween X’pey/ Elder Cedar Nature Reserve.

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* 9. Please share with us any history you know about this property or any knowledge you have about unique cultural or other special features on the property.

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* 10. If you would like to receive periodic updates from the Islands Trust Conservancy on this and other conservation projects on the islands, please provide your name and email address:

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