2015 Annual Report


Draft Minutes for the 2015
 Annual General Meeting of PICA

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:00pm
Hope Bay Studio


The meeting was chaired by Graham Boffey. Twenty-one members and seven guests attended.

Approval of the Agenda: The agenda was approved as presented.
Moved to accept: Rhondda
Seconded: Davy Rippner
Carried

Approval of the Minutes of the 2014 AGM held on May 15th, 2014: The minutes from the 2014 AGM were approved.
Moved to accept: Graham
Seconded: Rhondda Porter
Carried

Financial Report for 2014: John Chapman presented the 2014 Financial Report.
Moved to accept: Davy Rippner
Seconded: Paul Petrie
Carried

Report from the Board: Rhondda Porter presented the Report from the Board.
The Report from the Board included reports on the projects and events of the past year:

  • Covenant Monitoring
  • Medicine Beach Stewardship
  • Forage Fish Monitoring
  • Hope Bay Salmon Stream Restoration Project
  • Purple Martin Recovery Project
  • Events and Activities

The presentation included slides of the various PICA projects, events, and activities. The Report will appear in full on the PICA website with some of the photos shown at the meeting.

Elections of Directors: Rhondda Porter conducted the election of directors.
The constitution allows for up to 10 Directors who are elected for a two-year term. The following directors, whose two-year term has ended, have agreed to stand for re-election for another two-year term: Graham Boffey, Eleanor Brownlee, Rhondda Porter, Davy Rippner, Ursula Poepel.

Paul Petrie announced that he would not be standing for re-eledtion for another two-year term. The Board thanked him for all his hard work helping raise funds to protect Brooks Point. Paul has agreed to continue as the Board liaison with the CRD and ITF.

All the current members of the Board standing for re-election were unanimously elected for another two-year term.

Nominations to the Board: Patti Badcock and Sara Steil had been nominated prior to the AGM. Both confirmed their willingness to serve. Both were unanimously elected.

Nominations from the floor: Rhondda Porter called for nominations from the floor. There were none, and as there was no other business on the agenda, the business portion of the AGM was adjourned at 7:55pm.

After a short break for refreshments, Jim Stafford gave a fascinating talk on "The Archeological Landscapes of Pender Island". His talk included a historical overview of the physical changes in the landscape over the past 14,000 years and how the landscapes were modified for use by First Nations.

Jim Stafford is an independent consulting archaeologist who has participated in archaeological and anthropological research in British Columbia since 1992, with a focus on coastal BC.

Minutes recorded by Rhondda Porter


PENDER ISLANDS CONSERVANCY ASSOCIATION

Report from the Board for the Annual General Meeting

May 7, 2015


Serving on the PICA Board of Directors during the past year have been:

Eleanor Brownlee  President
Graham Boffey  Vice President and Stewardship Committee Chair
Rhondda Porter  Secretary
Ursula Poepel  Treasurer
Davy Rippner  Website and Media
Paul Petrie  Brooks Point liaison
John Chapman  Board Member at-large

Paul Petrie has announced that he will be leaving the Board and will not be standing for re-election.
He has agreed to continue to be the Board's liaison with the CRD and the Islands Trust Fund until the details of the covenants protecting Brooks Point Regional Park are finalized. The Board would like to take this opportunity to thank him again for all his hard work.

The Board would also like to acknowledge the many volunteers who help in so many different ways but special thanks go to…

Lisa Fleming, Bob Simons, Elizabeth Miles, Jill Ilsley, and Leila Clogg who organize the activities involved with the Hope Bay Stream Salmon Recovery Project.

Jon Ruiz who organizes our team of Forage Fish Monitors and inspires us to turn up on various beaches, all year round, in good weather and bad,

Trinette Prior and Elizabeth Miles who organized this year's annual Beach Clean-up and have taken over from Amanda to take care of the Adopt-a-Beach volunteers who patrol the beaches and remove debris all year round.

Sara Steil who continues to help with finding such excellent speakers and organizing events. 


Covenant Monitoring     

A 2 sign

PICA and the Islands Trust Fund are co-covenant holders on 16 properties on North Pender.  PICA is also the sole covenant holder on a small covenant which protects the channel which drains out of the Medicine Beach marsh.

“A conservation covenant is a formal commitment you can make to protect the natural features on your property.   With a conservation covenant, you still own your land, can live on the property, and sell it whenever you want.  The covenant binds future owners to the same promises you made, meaning the landscape you've loved and cared for remains protected forever.”  (Islands Trust Fund)

As part of its community outreach and education, PICA provides information to property owners on the advantages of placing a covenant on their properties in order to protect sensitive island ecosystems now, and in the future.  PICA worked with the Islands Trust Fund on the establishment of the Waxler Morrison Biodiversity Legacy Fund to help property owners with the costs of placing a covenant on their property.

A 3- chris

As part of the ecological protection of covenants, ITF and PICA participate in a yearly monitoring of the covenants.
On May 21st and May 22nd Chris Ferris, the ITF biologist, came to Pender for the 2014 monitoring. 

The current covenants on Pender protect a variety of sensitive ecosystems:

A 4 forest


                                                    



                                                 Forests 





         Garry oak meadows

A 6 -otters' landingA 5 - garry oakA 6 -otters' landing





                       Coastal bluffs and shorelines




Wetlands 

A 9A 8 wetland


Medicine Beach  

B 1 beach plaque
B 1 path up


In addition to being co-covenant holders of the Medicine Beach Nature Sanctuary, PICA is also responsible for the stewardship of the area.  In the past year there have been a number of changes:

Trail signs have been added to the paths to encourage people to keep to the marked paths.  A number of unofficial paths have been created.  A proliferation of trails is damaging to the ecosystem that the nature sanctuary is designed to protect. 

B 2 trail sign


Two doggy pots have been installed, one next to the parking lot at the beach and the other on the forest trail entrance on Aldridge Road to encourage dog walkers to clean up after their pets and to make it easier to dispose of the waste.

B 3 doggy pot


The most recent addition is the framework for the new information kiosk. PICA applied to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure for a license of occupation as both the parking lot doggy pot and the information kiosk would be on MOTI land. 

Permission was granted and Funds for the kiosk were supplied by the Islands Trust Fund.  The next stage will be the creation of three information panels: one describing the First Nations use of the marsh and the intertidal area and the importance of the beach as a spawning area for forage fish: the second about the ecology of the marsh; and the third about the ecology of the upland forested area.

B 4 kiosk

This project has been spearheaded by our Vice President and Stewardship Committee Chair,
Graham Boffey.


Monitoring of Pender Lake (Magic Lake)

Unfortunately, this project was cancelled as a result of technical difficulties in reliably collecting the planned measurements of water turbidity and water temperature.


Forage Fish Monitoring

PICA has been participating in a Forage Fish Monitoring Program since 2010, starting with Medicine Beach.  In January 2014, volunteers were encouraged to hear that surf smelt are spawning on Medicine Beach and sand lance are using Mortimer Spit.

In the past year, volunteers have taken samples from five beaches:  


Mortimer Spit 

C  1 mortimer 1


Hamilton Beach

C 2 hamilton


James Point (at the end of Mackinnon Road) 

C 3 james pt


Shark Cove (on the north side of the bridge to South Pender)

C 4 shark cove


and Medicine Beach.

C 6 medicine beach

The Forage Fish Monitoring team is under the direction of Jon Ruiz, who organizes the volunteers and gets them out on the beaches, year-round, rain or shine.

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D 1 stream

Hope Bay Stream Salmon Restoration Project

The Hope Bay stream is the only documented salmon stream on Pender Island.  Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) records indicate chum salmon were using the creek for spawning and rearing up to the mid-1980s.  

The Pacific Salmon Foundation has given PICA grants to support our project to restore salmon to the stream. 

D 2 salmon sign



Salmon fry from the Goldstream hatchery were released into the stream in 2012.  In 2013, the eggs were actually incubated in the stream and then released.  There was a shortage of eggs in 2014, so there was no incubation of eggs or release of fry.


In the fall of 2014, members of the team visited the Goldstream Hatchery twice to learn more about salmon and how to make the restoration project a success.  

D 4 eggs arrrive





On January 22nd a DFO patrol boat delivered a new stainless steel incubation cassette and a cooler with 40,000 chum eggs. 





D 6 cassette + eggs


Shona Smith, the DFO community advisor, was on hand to help place the cassette and fill it with eggs. 

Volunteers monitored the stream temperature and flow on a daily basis until April 12 when the cassette was opened to look for unhatched eggs or dead fry.  The cassette was empty; the 2015 in-stream incubation has been a success.  

The project is coordinated by Lisa Fleming, Elizabeth Miles, Bob Simons, Jill Ilsley, Rhondda Porter, and Leila Clogg.

Purple Martin Recovery Project 

F 2Purple martin box

For a number of years, PICA has supported the work of the Western Purple Martin Foundation, both financially and with a small group of dedicated volunteers.

F 3 Purple Martin volunteers



In the summer of 2014 there were 6 sites on Pender with Purple Martins including Roe Lake, Otter Bay Marina, Medicine Beach, Hope Bay, Port Browning, and Shingle Bay.  Volunteers banded 26 martin nestlings. Seventeen eggs hadn't hatched yet and 7 nestlings were too young to band.  If all the eggs hatched and all the young survived there may have been about 50 young produced on the Pender Islands in 2014.  

The Purple Martin project on Pender is coordinated by Bob Vergette and Jill Ilsley.



Events and Activities

G 1 market

Driftwood Displays 4 or 5 times a year with a variety of topics including invasive species, wetlands and watersheds, habitat protection and conservation.

Monthly articles in the Pender Post.

Displays at the PICA booth at the Saturday Market in May, June, July, August, and September.  

And most importantly, the PICA website (www.penderconservancy.org) which has been developed and is maintained by our webmaster, Davy Rippner.  

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Over the past year, PICA has hosted and/or supported a number of events:  

On July 18th there was a huge community celebration at the Hall to celebrate the successful campaign to complete Brooks Point Regional Park.  

On August 19th PICA volunteers took part in an eel grass meadow restoration project with Nikki Wright of SeaChange.  Volunteers prepared eel grass for planting in Brackett Cove.  Divers then planted the grass on the seabed.

On November 1st, PICA volunteers were involved in the Pulling Together concert to support First Nations legal challenges to the Enbridge pipeline proposal.

PICA again supported PIFN in the CBC4Kids on December 30th.  Adults and children got together in small groups to tour Brooks Point and count and identify birds. Everyone met afterwards at Paul and Monica Petrie's for cocoa and cookies.

On January 15th PICA participated with Raincoast, Friends of Brooks Point, and Pender Ocean Defenders in “Directly Affected” an educational event to learn about some of the risks and consequences of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline.

On February 5th, PICA held its annual community pot-luck with great food and a great speaker.  Dave Polster spoke on Invasive Species and Habitat Restoration.

March 7th saw Andy MacKinnon return to Pender for a presentation on the Coastal Douglas-fir Ecosystem.  Andy's talk was followed by two walks in the GINPR.  

The most recent event was this year’s Annual Beach Clean-up in honour of Earth Day on April 25th.    

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G 9 - skipG 8


Something which is not really an event, but which is of concern, is ‘Charity Chill’.   Beginning in 2012, the Canada Revenue Agency started to audit registered charities to see if the charities used more than 10 per cent of their resources for 'political activities', a term that the government has not defined.  These audits began about the same time as politicians were publicly complaining about "radical" environmentalists slowing down the Northern Gateway approval process.  If the CRA decides, on the basis of the audit, that a group uses more than 10 per cent of its resources for 'political activities', the group could lose its charitable status. 

And lastly, Graham Boffey and Paul Petrie, on behalf of PICA, went through the onerous process of requesting commenter status with the NEB regarding the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion proposal.  The request to comment was granted.   

Submitted by Rhondda Porter on behalf of the Board
Photography by Rhondda Porter

 



Agenda for the 2015 Annual General Meeting of PICA

Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7 pm   Hope Bay Studio 


Approval of the Agenda

Approval of the Minutes of the 2014 AGM held on May 15th, 2014

Financial Report for 2014

Report from the Board: 

The Report from the Board includes reports on the projects and events of the past year:

  • Covenant Monitoring
  • Medicine Beach Stewardship
  • Forage Fish Monitoring
  • Hope Bay Salmon Stream Restoration Project
  • Events and Educational Activities


Elections of Directors: 

The constitution allows for up to 10 Directors who are elected for a two-year term. The following directors have agreed to stand for re-election for another two-year term: Graham Boffey, Eleanor Brownlee, Rhondda Porter, Davy Rippner, Ursula Poepel.

Retiring from the Board: Paul Petrie – May 2015

Nominations to the Board: Patti Badcock and Sara Steil

Nominations from the floor:

Other Business:

Adjournment: 

Break for Refreshments


Presentation by Jim Stafford – The Archeological Landscapes of Pender Island

Jim Stafford is an independent consulting archaeologist who has participated in archaeological and anthropological research in British Columbia since 1992, with a focus on coastal BC.



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Draft Minutes of the 2015 Annual General Meeting
 The Pender Islands Conservancy Association
Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7 pm  Hope Bay Studio 


The meeting was chaired by Graham Boffey.  Twenty-one members and seven guests attended.

Approval of the Agenda:  The agenda was approved as presented.

Moved to accept:  Rhondda
Seconded: Davy Rippner
Carried

Approval of the Minutes of the 2014 AGM held on May 15th, 2014:
The minutes from the 2014 AGM were approved.
Moved to accept: Graham
Seconded: Rhondda Porter 
Carried

Financial Report  for 2014:  
John Chapman presented the 2014 Financial Report.
Moved to accept: Davy Rippner
Seconded: Paul Petrie
Carried 

Report from the Board:
Rhondda Porter presented the Report from the Board.
The Report from the Board included reports on the projects and events of the past year:

Covenant Monitoring
Medicine Beach Stewardship
Forage Fish Monitoring
Hope Bay Salmon Stream Restoration Project
Purple Martin Recovery Project
Events and Activities

The presentation included slides of the various PICA projects, events, and activities.  The Report will appear in full on the PICA website with some of the photos shown at the meeting.

Elections of Directors:  Rhondda Porter conducted the election of directors.

The constitution allows for up to 10 Directors who are elected for a two-year term.  The following directors, whose two-year term has ended, have agreed to stand for re-election for another two-year term: Graham Boffey, Eleanor Brownlee, Rhondda Porter, Davy Rippner, Ursula Poepel. 

Paul Petrie announced that he would not be standing for re-election for another two-year term.  The Board thanked him for all his hard work helping raise funds to protect Brooks Point.  Paul has agreed to continue as the Board liaison with the CRD and ITF 

All the current members of the Board standing for re-election were unanimously elected for another two-year term.

Nominations to the Board:  Patti Badcock and Sara Steil had been nominated prior to the AGM.  Both confirmed their willingness to serve.  Both were unanimously elected.

Nominations from the floor:  Rhondda Porter called for nominations from the floor.  There were none, and as there was no other business on the agenda, the business portion of the AGM was adjourned at 7:55pm.

After a short break for refreshments, Jim Stafford gave a fascinating talk on "The Archeological Landscapes of Pender Island".  His talk included a historical overview of the physical changes in the landscape over the past 14,000 years and how the landscapes were modified for use by First Nations.

Jim Stafford is an independent consulting archaeologist who has participated in archaeological and anthropological research in British Columbia since 1992, with a focus on coastal BC.

Minutes recorded by Rhondda Porter

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