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March 2021 eNews

Hello CDFCP subscribers!

We have some exciting news to bring you in this edition, including follow-up on February's Bridging the Gap webinar, recent land transfer and co-management agreements with First Nations,  The Nature Trust of BC's 50th anniversary, a wildfire development permit area for North Cowichan, and wetland technician summer job opportunities with NCC.  Read on to find out more!

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Bridging the Gap Webinar Follow-up

Thanks to all of you who were able to attend the CDFCP’s February webinar on Bridging the Gap: a model for supporting local governments with shared ecological expertise.

Big thanks to Bryn White once again for her engaging presentation, and to the other speakers – Kate Emmings, Pamela Zevit and Erin Nowak – who shared their experiences with different models.

Click here for a link to the webinar recording 

Remember to reach out to the CDFCP if you have ideas on how we can support local governments with CDF/biodiversity conservation work.

This webinar is part of a series that builds on our Conservation Planning in Coastal Douglas-fir Ecosystems: A Quick Guide for Local Government, launched last year.  The series aims to raise awareness among local governments and conservation groups of the importance of protecting Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystems, and the role this can play in climate mitigation and conservation of rare species and ecosystems.

Kus-kus-sum Protected

Another significant milestone has been reached in efforts to acquire, protect and restore a former industrial sawmill site on the banks of the K’ómoks Estuary. On February 26th, 2021, ownership of the Kus-kus-sum property transferred to the Comox Valley Project Watershed Society (Project Watershed) from Interfor Corporation. Project Watershed will hold the land “in trust” for the K’ómoks First Nation and the City of Courtenay while details of a co-ownership agreement between the two parties are finalized.  Title to land will then transfer to K’ómoks First Nation and the City, with Project Watershed remaining as site manager throughout the restoration process.  

The Kus-kus-sum project will play a transformative role in supporting fish and wildlife in the K’ómoks Estuary.  In addition, the project will be unique from many other restoration projects through its meaningful reconciliation in the relationships between the K’ómoks First Nation and the City of Courtenay, the Province of BC and non-indigenous residents of the Comox Valley.  

Contributions to the project have been made by the Province of British Columbia, the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program, the Pacific Salmon Foundation, The Real Estate Foundation of BC, the Blue Moon Fund, the Ngan-Page Family Fund, and hundreds of other organizations and individuals. 

To learn more about Kus-kus-sum or make a donation, visit


The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s 50th Anniversary

2021 marks The Nature Trust of British Columbia’s 50th anniversary in conserving key habitat for species at risk across the province. Together with partners, The Nature Trust has protected more than 72,000 hectares of ecologically significant land in British Columbia. The Coastal Douglas Fir Conservation Partnership region has long been a priority for The Nature Trust and today they have protected more than 100 properties in the region totaling more than 2,500 hectares. Watch their 50th anniversary campaign video here.


TLC to Transfer Sisȼenem (Halibut Island)
 Leadership Council

The Land Conservancy of British Columbia (TLC) and the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council have recently announced a landmark partnership agreement that will transfer title of SISȻENEM (also known as Halibut Island), a 9.67-acre island off the east coast of Sidney Island, from the charitable land trust to the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council as an act of reconciliation. The transfer will be historically significant as the first of its kind between a land trust and an Indigenous community in Canada. TLC will work together with the W̱SÁNEĆ Leadership Council to draft and register a conservation covenant and develop a co-management plan that will incorporate Indigenous land management principles that will provide access for cultural, education, research, and monitoring purposes.

SISȻENEM is an important cultural place for W̱SÁNEĆ people. Located immediately east of Sidney Island and many W̱SÁNEĆ villages, SISȻENEM was a place where W̱SÁNEĆ people would fish for cod, collect traditional medicines, and harvest camas. Most importantly for W̱SÁNEĆ people today, SISȻENEM will be a place where W̱SÁNEĆ people can be in peace.

SISȻENEM supports Garry oak, arbutus, and Douglas fir woodlands, and open wildflower meadows. Garry oak associated ecosystems support many of Canada’s species at risk including the common nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) and popcorn flower (Plagiobothrys tenellus).  In the spring, the meadows are carpeted with ḰȽO,EL (Great Camas, Camassia leichtlinii), Fawn lily (Erythronium Oregonum), and Chocolate lilies (Fritillaria affinis).

TLC will be raising funds this spring to support ongoing restoration and monitoring work on the island. For more information about SISȻENEM and how you can get involved, visit or call TLC at 1-877-485-2422.


North Cowichan Receives Community Resiliency FireSmart Funding

The Municipality of North Cowichan has received a grant for $110,345 from the Community Resiliency Investment FireSmart Community and Support Program to conduct detailed treatment prescriptions in high fire risk areas and develop a Wildfire Development Permit Area. The development of a Wildfire Development Permit Area will update and modernize current guidelines to establish more effective wildfire protection regulations. Treatment prescriptions are recommendations to reduce wildfire hazards in high-risk areas (identified as the western side of Crofton, Mt. Tzouhalem, and the communications tower area at the top of Maple Mountain). The work is expected to take place over the summer, with completion in the fall of 2021. The FireSmart Community Funding & Supports program provides funding to local governments and First Nations in British Columbia to undertake community-based FireSmart planning and activities that reduce the community’s risk from wildfire.

Wetland Technician Summer Job Opportunities

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) will be hiring 5 wetland technicians for the 2021 field season to participate in the maintenance, monitoring, inventory and restoration planning of wetland sites across BC, including several projects in the Coastal Douglas-fir zone. The wetland technicians will help NCC deliver stewardship tasks and gather conservation impact data related to wetlands. This work will contribute to a province-wide evaluation of wetlands and wetland protocols.

These positions are supported through BC Wildlife Federation’s Wetlands Workforce Program, as part of the Healthy Watershed Initiative delivered by the Real Estate Foundation of BC and Watersheds BC, with financial support from the Province of British Columbia as part of its $10-billion COVID-19 response. The program aims to create meaningful career-building opportunities in the environmental sector, with a focus on people affected by the recent economic recession (specifically women, people under 30 and First Nations).

Anyone interested in learning more about this opportunity can contact or visit
s (listed under Conservation Internships).
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