Conserving a Vancouver Island Treasure
Since 1978 The Nature Trust of British Columbia and our partners have been conserving critical salmon habitat along the Salmon River on Vancouver Island.
We need your help to add 35 acres to The Nature Trust’s 516-acre Salmon River Conservation Complex. The property runs along the western bank of lower Salmon River and includes Hammond Creek, a nursery creek for juvenile salmon.
The area provides critical habitat for vulnerable birds including Great Blue Heron, Marbled Murrelet, and Northern Pygmy Owl. And, the river supports the largest herd of Roosevelt Elk in BC.
This property will provide a buffer that will reduce human impact on the riparian area of the lower Salmon River and Hammond Creek.
Riparian areas have a direct influence on aquatic habitat and directly contribute to fish habitat by providing shade, cover, food and nutrients as well as helping to maintain water quality and moderating flows and temperatures that are critical for healthy fish.
"The Salmon River supports a rich diversity of fish and wildlife along with spectacular natural beauty. This Vancouver Island conservation treasure is both a tribute to The Nature Trust’s proud history and a wonderful gift to future generations." - Jasper Lament, CEO of The Nature Trust of BC
These areas are rich in biodiversity but are also particularity vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and development.
Roosevelt Elk are the largest subspecies of North American elk and they are found on Vancouver Island and portions of the south coast. Efforts to rebuild the herds are continuing and have been successful. The BC population has doubled to 6,900 Roosevelt elk over the past two decades.
This river supports all five types of salmon and other fish species such as Rainbow Trout and Dolly Varden. Hammond Creek and a tidal channel provide juvenile rearing habitat for Coho, Chinook and Chum salmon on the property, and ensure a safe transition to salt water for the young salmon.