On this page you'll find information on Conservancy project activities that are currently underway, issues that we are working on, and other Bowen Island initiatives that the Conservancy supports.
BC Timber Sales and logging on Bowen Island
To our dismay, we learned in early July 2017 that the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations (FLNRO) had decided to pursue industrial logging of five areas in the Crown Lands on Bowen Island. A BC Timber Sales (BCTS is an organization within the Ministry) Planning Forester, Enrique Sanchez, wrote to Mayor and Council outlining the “opportunity” to develop (i.e. to log) these areas.
Outrage in the community ensued and phone calls, letters, and emails protesting these plans were sent to multiple levels of government, including the Prime Minister of Canada. And we were all pleased to learn, on 26 July 2017, that BC Timber Sales had decided to drop Bowen Island from their current logging plans.
We created a section of our website to address this threat to our home.
Bowen Island is part of the Whale Trail
In July 2017 Bowen Island became part of the Whale Trail. We are pleased to be part of this initiative, with the Bowen Nature Club, the Bowen Island Municipality, and the BC Cetacean Sightings Network.
Forage Fish Protection
Forage fish species are the cornerstone of marine food webs and are essential food for seabirds, marine mammals, and fish. Multiple species spawn on sandy and pebble beaches right at our feet. Learn more about forage fish and their importance.
In 2014, Conservancy members formed an Island team to conduct periodic surveys of select Bowen beaches to test for forage fish eggs. This project continued until December 2016, when we turned over further sampling surveys to the Sea Watch Society. Up to the end of 2016 no eggs had been found. There are several possible explanations for this:
- Forage fish do not spawn on Bowen Island beaches (and we don’t know why), or
- We’ve been looking in the wrong places on the selected beaches, or
- We’ve missed eggs during collection of samples, or
- Something else.
The Woodfibre LNG project
Woodfibre Natural Gas Ltd. has been given permission to build and operate a liquefied natural gas (LNG) plant on the Woodfibre industrial site, near Squamish. The plant is projected to export 2.1 million tonnes of LNG per year (about 280 million cubic feet a day), for 25 years.
There is a great deal of concern in communities around Howe Sound about this project. […]
Why do we care about herons?
The Great Blue Heron is a very large bird, growing to over one metre in height. It has blue-grey body feathers, a white head, a yellow bill and a black stripe above each eye. We have a number of heron nests on Bowen Island and it’s important that they be left alone and quiet. Great Blue Herons, their nests and their eggs, are all protected by the BC Wildlife Act, and by the federal Migratory Birds Convention Act. Their nest trees are also protected year round, on both public and private land. […]
Photo at right courtesy of Will Husby.