The Islands Trust Fund's work is guided by the Regional Conservation Plan, a science-based plan that identifies, prioritizes and plans for the protection of the best of the islands' natural spaces. We've created this plan to focus our efforts and resources on what's most urgently in need of protection.
Our current plan expires at the end of 2017, so over the next year we are reaching out to experts, partners, the public and the 37 First Nations with interests in the lands and waters in the Islands Trust Area to develop a new ten year Regional Conservation Plan, (2018-2027) for the Islands Trust area.
The History of the Regional Conservation Plan
The Regional Conservation Plan 2011-2015 was approved by Trust Fund Board in November 2010. The plan identified seven goals and proposed thirty, five-year objectives to guide the work of the Islands Trust Fund over the course of the plan.
In January 2015, the Trust Fund Board voted to extend the Regional Conservation Plan to the end of 2017. This extension will help the Trust Fund Board achieve some of the more time consuming actions of the plan.
The full 2011-2017 Regional Conservation Plan can be viewed here. [PDF]
The April 2015 status update for the Regional Conservation Plan can be viewed here. [PDF]
A summary of the 2015 Regional Conservation Plan can be viewed here. [PDF]
The 2011-2017 Regional Conservation Plan Accomplishments can be viewed here. [PDF]
Our Biodiversity Priorities
We believe the biodiversity of the islands makes them beautiful. We're committed to protecting that diversity of life. To do this, we've prioritized the protection of these features:
- Rare and sensitive ecosystems, such as old forest, woodland, freshwater, riparian, herbaceous, wetland, and cliff ecosystems
- Ecosystems representative of the islands
- At-risk species and ecosystems
- Ecosystems that connect and buffer existing protected areas
- Nearshore zone areas
- Islets and small islands
To achieve the most protection for our biodiversity priorities, we've set to work with our partners on the following goals:
- Protect core conservation areas
- Protect biodiversity in working landscapes
- Conserve marine ecosystems
- Encourage local governments to prioritize biodiversity
- Empower islanders to conserve the islands
- Build strong conservation partners
- Take care of what we have
We're measuring our own successes and the combined successes of conservation efforts across the islands so we can adapt and respond to new conservation opportunities. Over the course of the Regional Conservation Plan, we'll reassess our priorities and goals to continue to move towards effective protection of the natural landscape of the islands.