The Denman Conservancy Association donated this 9.4 hectare
nature reserve in 1992, making it the first nature reserve
protected by the Trust Fund Board. The reserve protects a
forested lot providing critical green space buffering Pickles Road
Marsh on the north and south sides. The forest of Douglas-fir,
western redcedar and hemlock, and grand fir provide perches for
osprey, bald eagles, great horned owl, and Cooper's hawk hunting in
the marsh. Sword fern, salal, vanilla leaf and woodland rose
make a lush understory.
Two small creeks draining the marsh run through Inner Island
Nature Reserve, eventually feeding Beadnell Creek - a salmon
spawning stream. The reserve is a safe wildlife corridor
between the marsh and adjacent Provincial Park.
Inner Island Nature Reserve was originally part of a
privately-owned tree farm. In the 1970s, as part of a larger
parcel, the land that would one day be known as Inner Island and
its neighbouring wetland was donated to the Vancouver
Foundation. Recognizing the significant habitat the wetland
offered migrating and resident birds, the Foundation donated the
wetland portion of the larger property to the Crown, but sold the
remainder forested portion of the lot to Raven Forest Products of
Campbell River. In 1992, the Denman Conservancy Association
raised $70,000 to purchase back the forested lot from the forestry
company. Later that year, the Conservancy donated the lot to
the Islands Trust Fund to be protected permanently as the Inner
Island Nature Reserve, providing a protected buffer for the
Although the wetland, now known as Pickles Road Marsh, is
outside the Inner Island Nature Reserve, the Islands Trust Fund
hopes to work with the Provincial government to add additional
layers of protection to this diverse habitat.
Inner Island Nature Reserve is a small property whose primary
purpose is to provide a green buffer for Pickles Road Marsh.
The Islands Trust Fund does not maintain trails on this nature
reserve in order to best protect the sensitive nature of the marsh
and the wildlife it supports.
Pickles Road Marsh can be viewed from the bridge on Pickles
Road. For those wanting to bird watch, we ask that you help
us save the surrounding forest and creeks from trampling and
damage, and instead view the marsh from the road. The wetland
is home to a diversity of birds, including trumpeter swans, wood
ducks and hooded mergansers. Please keep some distance
between yourself and the water's edge to prevent disturbing or
scaring the migrating birds. Please keep pets on leashes.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada holds a conservation covenant
on the Inner Island Nature Reserve and the Denman Conservancy
Association acts as the on-island management group on behalf of the
Islands Trust Fund.
The Islands Trust Fund's primary management priority for this
protected area is to minimize human interference with the wetland
it buffers, and steward its forest as it transitions from a younger
forest into mature and old-growth habitat for local wildlife.
In partnership with the Conservancy, we're monitoring and removing
invasive species that might damage the forest and wetland
ecosystem. The management plan for Inner Island Nature
Reserve can be viewed here.