Sat Feb 21 2015: Galiano Restoration Day!
A total of 26 HAT volunteers joined Paige and Wendy for a trip to Galiano Island to help maintain the special ecology of Trincomali Nature Sanctuary.
After removing invasive broom for the past 3 years, Covenants Coordinator Wendy had several keen folks help plant 150 native species in the cleared areas.
We even got a tour of the new Galiano Conservancy Association Learning Centre currently being developed by volunteers, thanks to Jenna Falk and Ken Millard, as well as Keith Erickson and Kate Emmings.
A big thanks to Jubilee Moka House for donating the coffee!
From Islands Trust Fund:
Trincomali Nature Sanctuary begins at the water's edge with high coastal bluffs towering over Trincomali Channel. The 12 hectare sanctuary continues on to protect a second-growth coastal Douglas-fir forest at the top of the bluffs, protecting veteran old growth giants that were spared from past logging activity. The sanctuary as also provides a natural green buffer to a wetland on an adjoining property.
Trincomali's cliffs are a sanctuary to nesting Double-crested and Pelagic Cormorants - biologists say this protected area may be one of the most successful colonies in the Strait of Georgia. Cormorants choose steep rock faces for their nests to protect their young from their biggest predators - Bald Eagles. Other seabirds, such as Glaucous-winged Gulls and Pigeon Guillemots also nest on the cliffs away from the hungry beaks of eagles.
In the 1990's, the forests of Trincomali ridge were logged sporadically and the site was prepped for subdivision, which would have resulted in four new residential lots. Realizing the imminent threat to this special habitat, TLC The Land Conservancy of British Columbia and Habitat Acquisition Trust embarked on a campaign to raise the money needed to purchase the property from the development company that owned it at the time.
The Islands Trust Fund joined the partnership in 2000 with the ability to provide an innovative new tool to the negotiations - a section 99 subdivision - allowing the property owner to easily subdivide the portion of the property with the most critical habitat and sell that land at a reduced price to the conservation agencies while retaining a portion of the lot for future use. But the partnership still had some funds to raise to finish the purchase. In 2001, the federal government stepped forward with the final $45,000. In 2001, the property was purchased and protected as a nature sanctuary.