The Islands Trust Fund, owner of three nature reserves on Gambier Island, recently signed conservation covenants with the Gambier Island Conservancy and Sunshine Coast Conservation Association. The covenants legally commit all three organizations to share responsibility for safeguarding the reserves.
The three reserves, spanning 150 hectares, provide a wildlife corridor stretching from the bluffs of Brigade Bay to the top of Mt. Artaban, a popular hiking destination that rises 614 metres (2,014 feet) above Howe Sound and is visible from the Sea-to-Sky Highway.
The Sunshine Coast Conservation Association sees the three-party agreement as an integral part of its mandate. “This is exactly what our association exits to do — protect the biodiversity and environment on the Sunshine Coast,” said SCCA chair Jason Herz.