Dedicated to protecting and preserving
special places for future generations


Join us for a Special Presentation by Andy MacKinnon, Provincial Research Ecologist for the Coast Area with Ministry of Forests, Lands & Natural Resources Operations, and co-author of Plants of Coastal British Columbia.

The Gulf Islands lie in the “Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) biogeoclimatic zone, an area of "coastal rainshadow forest", and this ecosystem is in serious peril.

Why are the coastal Douglas-fire ecosystems at risk? Towering Douglas-fir forests once dominated a narrow strip of low-lying land along the southeastern coast of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and parts of the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast. Only fragments of these unique ecosystems remain in an old-growth state and we are in danger of losing what is left.

This is the reason that the Gulf Islands National Park Reserve was established in the Southern Gulf Islands through land acquisition.

“Factors relating to loss are tremendous; the value for maintaining what is left is beyond the imagination.”

March 7, 2015 from 1PM to 4PM  Pender Community Hall

An opportunity will be available during the afternoon for Andy MacKinnon to autograph your own personal Plants of Coastal British Columbia.  Bring your book to the event and meet Andy personally.

Sponsored by Pender Islands Trust Protection Society and Pender Islands Conservancy Association

Questions: Contact Sara at 629-6885           Admission by donation

Andy MacKinnon is coming!

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PICA’s Salmon Committee members place chum eggs in Hope Bay estuary
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 Forage Fish Monitoring at Shark Cove

Pender islanders packed our Community Hall to view Raincoast filmDirectly Affectedand participate in a panel discussion.  Read more


Economic Costs & Benefits of the
Trans Mountain Expansion Project
for BC & Metro Vancouver

"Left unchecked, climate change will increase the likelihood of severe,
pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems.”
November, 2014

Net Zero Waste Island-scale Composting
& Photos

New Genetically Engineered Tree
To Avoid Federal Oversight Completely

Purple Martin Recovery Program

Bring Back the Bluebirds

The Winter
edition of the
Islands Trust
The Heron

view from the Medicine Beach parking lot
the trail though the woods

PICA has added two doggy-pots to the Medicine Beach Nature Sanctuary, one near the parking lot, and the other on the trail from Aldridge Road.  Please use them.  There are also new signs marking trails.  Help us protect this conservation covenant by staying on the marked trails.  PHOTOS


Entrance to Brooks Point trail
from Gowland Point road on South Pender Island


Chocolate Lily at Brooks Point

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Nature Canada

Begun July 31  2014