Community Stewardship

Mayne Island Conservancy Society

Community Stewardship & Conservation Action

  • A Camas Meadow on Mt Parke Caring for the Land
    By means of workshops, walkabouts, invasives removal & ecosystem restoration, the project encourages the community to be active stewards of Mayne Island.
  • View from Vulture Ridge, Henderson Hill Community Park Henderson Hill Restoration
    From invasive species removal to native plant restoration, from trail signage to an info kiosk this project enhances the value of Henderson Hill to the community.
  • Bennett Bay meadow cleared of invasives wuth new protected plantings Bennett Bay Restoration with Parks Canada
    The Conservancy created a restoration plan which, together with follow-up maintenence, it is now executing in conjunction with the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve.
     
  • Photo of a cleared area examined during a landowner walkabout Walkabouts
    The Conservancy offers the services of our trained staff and volunteers will, upon the request of landholders, conduct an accompanied walkabout. We will discuss the natural features and plant populations, and how becoming a land steward might preserve or enhance these them.
  • The native plant nursery gets a new gate Native Plant Nursery
    The Conservancy began a native plant propagation program in the spring of 2011. Having a ready supply of local native plants is a key component in completing ecosystem restoration projects on Mayne Island. In addition, native plants are growing in popularity with home gardeners.
  • Pacific Chorus Frog Species "Home Range" Mapping
    Habitat and species information combined with the Sensitive Ecosystems data have been used to develop home range maps that can be used to guide restoration & stewardship activities.
     
  • A class experience on Henderson Hill Mayne School Program
    Nearly all the projects undertaken by the Mayne Island Conservancy Society are designed so that they may have a significant educational component. We are delighted to have the co-operation of the Mayne Island School in these endeavours and we are grateful for their participation and assistance.
  • An ephemeral pond in summer on Mayne Island Wetland Pilot Project
    The Conservancy has embarked upon their first foray into the world of wetland restoration with a small pilot project. We are currently assisting land owners to restore a small ephemeral pond, intending to learn the skills and techniques that will allow us to assist and provide advice to additional landholders who are interested in improving wetland habitats on their properties.

Project Overview The Mayne Island Conservation Action Program is geared towards building capacity within the Mayne Island community to be active stewards of Mayne Island's ecosystems. The program includes a series of workshops and demonstrations designed to help community members get to know their island better, followed by a full season of walkabout tours on island properties. The program also involves developing a set of species home-range maps for Mayne, the establishment of a small native plants nursery, and activities with the children at the Mayne School. Each aspect of the program is described below.

EcoStar

EcoStar 2013 Award Presentation The Mayne Island Conservancy Society is immensely proud of the way in which the various elements of this project have unfolded and we are delighted to receive the recognition of a 2013 EcoStar award. Michael Dunn, Executive Director and Malcolm Inglis, Vice President received "our Statuette" at a ceremony in Victoria on September 24th. Pictured on the right are Rob Underhill, the Society's Chief Biologist, and Heather Palak representing 98.5 The Ocean, the FM station sponsoring this award. The CRD citation and a video summing up the achievements of our Community Stewardship and Conservation Action programs over the last two years is posted on our Home Page.

Workshops and Demonstrations

MICS is offering a series of workshops and demonstrations designed to help community members get to know their island better. From identification of native species, to planting techniques, invasive species removal, and integrating native ecology into your garden design, participant in these workshops will become more knowledgeable about this island and the many things that live here, as well as learning practices that will help to maintain and enhance the qualities that make this such an amazing place to live..

Details of these events here

Walkabouts

A key component of this program is to hold walkabouts on Mayne Island properties, beginning in spring 2012. At the owner's request, these walkabouts are a two-way exchange in which MICS staff and volunteers will tour private properties along with the owner, and share knowledge about the species and characteristics, as well as practices that will help to maintain and enhance the qualities that are valued.

More on the Conservancy's "Walkabout" program go here.

Native Plants Nursery

We are building a stock of trees, shrubs and wildflowers native to Mayne Island in order to make them more accessible to islanders for use on their own properties and in restoration projects. We do our best to grow everything from Mayne Island seed and cutting sources.

You can read much more about this element of our project by clicking here

Mayne School Program

We are working together with the Mayne School staff to engage both the K-3 (Primary) and 4-8 (Intermediate) classes in aspects of the Community Stewardship Program. Students will be given opportunities to participate in restoration activities at Henderson Hill, including the planting of trees, species inventories, and helping with the native plants nursery, as well as even researching and planning some of the restoration activities. Through this involvement students are learning hands-on about the connection between healthy habitats and diversity of species.

Species Home Range Maps

For particular species information will be gathered about their habitat requirements and their distribution on Mayne. This will enable better awareness and enactment of what is needed in order to maintain species and ecosystems that contribute so much richness to the island.

As of the Spring of 2013 maps have been prepared for six different species. For summary information together with pictures and maps on the Pileated Woodpecker, the Red Legged Frog, the Propertius Duskywing butterfly and others please click here.

Wetland Mapping and Pilot Restoration

A new element of our Stewardship and Conservation Action program for 2014-15 involves the mapping of wetlands and resoration activities in a small pilot area. Details of this initative appear on the Wetland Mapping pages

How to Get Involved

Opportunities abound to get involved in this community-wide project, whether it be participating in workshops, holding a walkabout on your property, helping with work parties at Henderson Community Park, helping in the native plants nursery, or putting stewardship practices to use on your own property. Watch for notices for these opportunities, and let us know if there is something about this program that interests you!

Funding Partners

Many thanks are due to our funding partners and project collaborators for their valued assistance, inspiration, and encouragement!:

  • VanCity Savings Credit Union enviroFund
  • Mayne Island Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Capital Regional Distrct
  • EcoAction Canada


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