Crown Land Securement Partnership Program, 2014-15
Goals and Objectives
The Crown Land Securement Partner Program (CLSPP) provides resources to assist the Province of BC through the Ministry of Forest, Lands, and Resource Operations (FLNRO) and their conservation partners in the expansion or designation of new Wildlife Management Areas (WMA) and other Crown designations in BC. The program coordinator also assists the partners and FLNRO in implementing a MOU agreement regarding “Environmental Management” of various Crown Land Act tenures and the partners of the Pacific Coast Joint Venture (PCJV) and Canadian Intermountain Joint Venture (CIJV) to identify private land opportunities.
Investments to secure and restore key parcels of private land from the partners of the Pacific Estuary Conservation Program (PECP), the securement arm of the PCJV, have been significant since the mid 1980’s. The CLSPP has leveraged these conservation efforts to help secure an additional 30,000 ha (75,000 acres) of Crown land (mostly estuaries, wetlands, and riparian wildlife corridors). This unique partnership program has been proven to be a very cost-effective conservation tool with the benefits of a ten-fold increase in critical habitat protected at a landscape level. FLNRO sets regional Crown land securement priorities with input and support from the program partners (Canadian Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited Canada, The Nature Trust of BC, Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation, BC Ministry of Environment and Nature Conservancy Canada) and has now been involved in the creation of 14 of BC’s 28 Wildlife Management Areas. This program is now working on 16 proposed new WMA’s throughout BC with a goal to designate 3 to 5 in 2014/15 along with several wildlife reserves. This project will be measured by the number of sites designated for conservation and the acres of habitats protected, restored and effectively managed as well as the completion of the numerous tasks that are required for a WMA designation.
Specific Habitat Products/Results Supported by WHC’s Contributions
The CLSPP is currently working on 16 WMAs in BC. WHC support will go towards the establishment of new wildlife reserves (Courtenay River Estuary, Baynes Sound, Salmon River Estuary and Chemainus River estuaries) and up to 4 coastal Wildlife Management Areas (Somenos Marsh, Harrison-Chehalis, Campbell River Estuary and Green Mountain WMA addition). These sites are comprised of 8,125 acres of coastal estuaries, foreshore, and wetland habitats and an additional 438 acres of riparian coastal forests and upland habitats. Public open house sessions are planned for the proposed Harrison-Chehalis WMA and possibly the Creston Valley WMA.
Relevance to Habitat Planning, Decision Making and/or Management
The project directly influences habitat conservation through Crown Land Transfers and Crown designations (securement) of land in perpetuity. Once secured, the lands are managed through FLNRO who can then access funding from HCTF for land management. Indirectly, the projects contribute to land use planning through internal government planning as well as through public consultation which can foster local government involvement and community based stewardship. The CLSPP compliments acquisition projects of government and NGO’s because in several areas, the WMA’s are designated on Crown lands that are adjacent to acquired parcels of land creating contiguous blocks of conservation lands. Crown land securement for conservation purposes is a key tool for effective landscape level habitat connectivity.
- District of Kent,
- District of North Cowichan,
- Comox Regional District,
- City of Campbell River,
- City of Courtenay,
- Strathcona Regional District,
- Municipality of North Cowichan,
- Regional District of Nanaimo, and
- City of Vernon.
Landscape type: Coastal Lowlands, Riparian Woodland corridors, Interior Wetlands and Boreal Forest.
For more information on this project, please contact Katie Blake, Coordinator and Analyst – Conservation, BC Region, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Victoria (BC).