The Mayne Island Conservancy Society is a local, grassroots environmental organization founded in 2003, operating through the generous financial support of donors and grants and with a small staff and active volunteer board. Mayne Island is located in the Southern Gulf Islands of British Columbia.
We work with the community to conserve the ecology of Mayne Island and its surrounding waters for future generations. This includes:
- Caring for the land. Working with local partners to restore and manage natural areas for public use including removing invasive species and planting native trees and shrubs.
- Shoreline care. Leading nearshore marine monitoring programs for eelgrass and bull kelp to document long-term changes in these important habitats; organizing annual beach cleanups; and engaging citizen scientists.
- Community education and engagement. Hosting educational activities and youth programs; producing a monthly newsletter to inform and involve members and the community.
- Landholder consultations. Providing guidance to conserve and restore natural habitats on private property.
- Land acquisition. Raising money to help purchase land to conserve natural areas.
- Advocacy. To protect our natural areas and marine environment, with a current focus on the ecological damage caused by the overabundance of introduced and native deer.
Conservancy accomplishments are tangible and lasting. Compelling examples are:
- Trees planted 10 years ago in Henderson Park are now big enough to provide habitat for birds and insects.
- Since 2011, planted 10,398 native trees and shrubs in habitat restoration work.
- Historic water levels have been recently restored at Hedgerow Farm Wetland, Mayne’s largest wetland.
- St. John Point’s 68 acres are now protected forever.
Conservancy results in 2021:
Caring for the land
- 2258 native trees and shrubs planted in restoration projects
- 557 plants produced in our native plant nursery
- 380 acres of land-based habitat restoration
- 292 hours spent managing invasive plants
- 5 acres of wetland restored
- 8 ongoing habitat restoration projects
- 246 hours spent by regional collective surveying bull kelp
- 42 hours spent by freedivers mapping eelgrass
- 29 volunteer kayakers involved in regional kelp monitoring
- 5 organizations participating in regional kelp monitoring
Community education & engagement
- 535 subscribers to monthly newsletter The Oystercatcher
- 344 participants in programs
- 304 Conservancy members
- 29 free landowner consultations on 127 acres
- 11 science and nature lessons taught to youth