Nature Conservancies

Conservancies 

 

 Lakelse-Douglas Channel Area

 

Alatanhash

Conservancy is 18,767 H in size and has no facilities.

Alty

Conservancy is 8,463 H in size and has a Gitga’at cabin in Kiskosh Inlet. Attractions include Petroglyphs.

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Ashdown Island

Conservancy is 727 H in size and has no facilities.

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Bishop Bay-Monkey Beach Corridor

Conservancy is 13 H in size and has a Haisla Cabin at Bishop Cove. Attractions include Camping and Wildlife Viewing.  Access is by boat only.

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Bishop Bay-Monkey Beach

Conservancy is 3374 H in size and has Dock, Bath House, Campsite, Pit Toilet, Boardwalk, Picnic Shelter, and Haisla Cabin. Attractions include Camping and Wildlife Viewing.  Access is by boat only.

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Campania Island

Campania Island (kam-PAN-yuh) (49 sq mi/127 sq km; 18 mi/29 km long. 2 mi/3 km–5 mi/8 km wide), W B.C., Canada, in Hecate Strait just S of Pitt Isl. and W of Princess Royal Isl.; 53°05’N 129°35’W.

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Chapple-Cornwall

29,116 H in size. This new conservancy is located on the northwest corner of Princess Royal Island and connected to Kitasoo Spirit Bear Conservancy, the conservancy protects the habitats of the Kermode (Spirit) Bear anda rare karst forest ecosystem. A number of small inlets are contained within this conservancy. Floating lodges, fishing, heli-hiking and bear viewing are some of the recreational uses. The area also contains numerous areas of First Nation cultural significance, including many old village sites and traditional use areas. One village site, Kyel, is still used by the Gitga’at people in the spring as a seaweed harvesting and fishing site. The conservancy is 35 km S of Hartley Bay, 105 km SW of Kitimat and 155 km SE of Prince Rupert.

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Crab Lake

12,789 H in size. This new conservancy protects a scenic upland lake and the headwaters of Crab River. The Crab River area is important to the Haisla Nation as it historically contained a village site that demarcated the traditional territories of two different tribes that are presently amalgamated as the Haisla Nation. Crab Lake Conservancy represents some of the more specatcular characteristics found in the higher elevations of the Kitimat Ranges Ecosection, including massive rounded mountains of monolithic granite, a fringe of the higher elevation variant of the Coastal Western Hemlock zone that is characterized by old growth confer stands of western hemlock, western red cedar and amabilis fir, and forest representative of the Mountain Hemlokc zone. The Alpine Tundra zone above the Mountain Hemlock zone, begins where forested patches give way to intermittent patches of krummholz western hemlock, yellow cedar and subalphine fir in a matrix of heath and herb meadow communities. The conservancy is 25 km NE of Hartley Bay and 50 km S of Kitimat.

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Fin Island

1,902 H - 1,234 H of upland and 843 H of foreshore in size. Located at the South end of the Douglas Channel, Fin Island protects archaeological, cultural and bio-diversity values. The island has serveral safe anchorages popular with local boaters and with travellers on the Inside Passage. The conservancy is within the traditional asserted territoies of the Gitga’at and Gitxaala First Nations. The island has an extensive history of First Nations occupation and use. Extensive clam beds supported seasonal harvesting activities and in recent times, a commercial clam cannery. The cosnervancy is 20 km S of Hartley Bay, 100 km SW of Kitimat and 130 km SE of Prince Rupert.

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Khutze

34,168 H in size. Khutze Inlet is located adjacent to Princess Royal Island along the east side of the Princess Royal Channel. The conservancy protects high value grizzly bear habitats, mountain goats, moose and deer habitats. Situated within the traditional asserted territories of the Kitasoo, Gitga’at, Heiltsuk and Gitxaala First Nations, Khutze conservancy is located 75 km SE of Hartley Bay, 45 km N of Klemtu, 100 km north of Bella Bella and 110 km S of Kitimat.

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Klekane

18,272 H in size. Located on the west side of Princess Royal Channel, the conservancy is joined to the South by the Q’altanaas/Aaltanhash and K’ootz/Khutze conservancies. The Klekane valley has three known undeveloped hot springs. The conservancy protects grizzly bears, salmon and marbled murrelets and low elevation Sitka spruce forests. It also provides for excellent hiking and sport fishing recreation activities and a protected anchorage adjacent to the main Inside Passage route. The conservancy is 40 km SE of Hartley Bay, 130 km N or Bella Bella and 90 km S of Kitimat. It is witin the asserted traditional territories of the Gitga’at, Kitasoo, Haisla, Heiltsuk and Gitxaala First Nations.

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K’waal

3,300 H - 3,260 H of upland and 40 H of foreshore in size. The Quall River estuary is one of the top-ranking wetlands on the North Coast. Large numbers of waterfowl, including the blue-listed old squaw and trumpeter swan, use these diverse wetlands, which extend from the intertidal zone up the river valley. Large numbers of salmon and steelhead also spawn in the river. Yellow cedar, hemlock and amabilis fir stands as well as muskeg and several lakes are contained in the conservancy. The area is of social and cultural importance to the local First Nations people. It is in the asserted territories of the Gitxaala and Gitga’at First Nations. K’wall Conservancy is accessible by boat and is located 30 km N or Hartley Bay and 60 km SW of Kitimat.

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MacDonald Bay

482 H - 419 H of upland and 63 H of foreshore in size. Located on the west side of Gil Island on Squally Channel. MacDonald Bay is a snug, sheltered anchorage on the west side of Gil Island and ideally situated for small boats heading for the outer coast. It is a registered boat haven, consisting of a narrow river-like entrance channel that opens into two small bays. A stream in the bay also provides a good source of drinking water for boaters. The conservancy is in the asserted territories of the Gitga’at and Gitxaala First Nations. MacDonald Bay is accessible by boat and located 25 km S of Hartley Bay and 105 km S of Kitimat.

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Shearwater Hot Springs

33 H - 18 H of upland and 15 H of foreshore in size. Located on the north side of the Gardener Canal, a very attractive feature of this conservancy is the natural hot spring located in an open, rustic building with views of distant snow-capped mountains. This conservancy is in the asserted territory of the Haisla First Nation. Shearwater Hot Springs is accessible by boat and is located 60 km S of Kitimat.

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Stair Creek

934 H - 861 H of upland and 71 H of foreshore in size. This conservancy protects steep, southeast facing forests, which provide a good example of productive old-growth yellow cedar forest. The ground rises steeply from the Douglas Channel in a series of relatively nutrient-rich schist and gneiss based hills. It is in the asserted territories of the Haisla, Gitga’at and Gitxaala First Nations. Stair Creek Conservancy is accessible by boat and is located 45 km SW of Kitimat and 35 km NE of Hartley Bay.

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Turtle Point

142 H - 106 H of upland and 36 H of foreshore in size. Located at the north tip of Gil Island, this conservancy protects an area of high cultural and historical value to the Gitga’at First Nation, it is in the asserted territories of the Gitga’at and Gitxaala First Nations. Turtle Point is accessible by boat and located 10 km S of Hartley Bay, 85 km S of Kitimat and 125 km SE of Prince Rupert.

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