SBNR Questionnaire Open until January 5, 2022

Islands Trust Conservancy acknowledges and respects that Lheḵ’tínes/Keats Island is within lands and waters of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) and is the homeland and gathering place of many Coast Salish Peoples.  Lheḵ’tínes/Keats Island is a place of cultural significance and is the location of village sites, archaeological areas, and occupation since time immemorial. Protection from land-altering activity in collaboration with First Nations with the Islands Trust Conservancy is the first step to the preservation and protection of this location into the future.

Sandy Beach Nature Reserve is a 3.4-hectare nature reserve located on the southwest shoreline of Lheḵ’tínes/Keats Island and was acquired in December 2020 from the Convention of Baptist Churches of BC as part of a rezoning and subdivision application and comes with a contribution to a land management fund. Take a tour to see protected area locations here:
https://islandstrust.bc.ca/conservancy/protected-places/

Sandy Beach Nature Reserve is in the Coastal Douglas-fir forest and includes over 250 metres of beachfront. The property provides suitable habitat for threatened and endangered species and the beach has been identified as spawning habitat for surf smelt and Pacific sand lance, two fish species that are important food sources for wild salmon.

The Islands Trust Conservancy’s primary goal for a nature reserve is to protect and nurture the sensitive ecosystems and natural values on this land and limit human impacts. The focus is not on public recreation like a park but rather low-impact recreation (walking/running) on existing trails. The information and actions required to achieve this goal and guide the management of the property will be set out in a management plan that will be updated every 10 years. We welcome community input and ask you to share your thoughts on the protection and long-term management of the Sandy Beach Nature Reserve.                                              

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* 1. Are you a resident of Lheḵ’tínes/Keats Island?

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* 2. Have you ever visited the land that is now Sandy Beach Nature Reserve? If so, how often?

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* 3. If you have visited Sandy Beach Nature Reserve before, how did you get there?

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* 4. If you have visited Sandy Beach Nature Reserve before, what did you do there?

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* 5. Please list any wildlife and unique plant species you have seen in or near Sandy Beach Nature Reserve:

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

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* 7. What activities do you believe are incompatible with the protection of natural features, and should not be allowed within Sandy Beach Nature Reserve?

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* 8. 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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* 9. Please provide any other relevant information that will help us make the best management decisions for Sandy Beach Nature Reserve.

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* 10. 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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* 11. 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 and you will receive our e-news:

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