French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve Management Plan

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The development of a management plan is underway that will guide the protection, restoration and community use of the French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve. The Management Plan will present a long-term vision for the 23-acre Nature Preserve and identify goals, strategies, and actions to work towards over the next ten years.

The plan is being developed in collaboration with representatives from Save Estuary Land Society, Friends of French Creek Conservation Society, Arrowsmith Naturalists, Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Institute, BC Parks Foundation and Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN).

Purchased from a developer by the BC Parks Foundation and the RDN in 2022, the French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve (FCENP) is managed by the RDN under the Electoral Area G Community Park Service through a 99-year renewable lease agreement with the BC Parks Foundation. Under the lease agreement, the RDN is responsible for managing the lands to ensure the protection, preservation, and conservation of its natural state for ecological, environmental, and aesthetic reasons.
Map of French Creek Estuary Nature PreserveMap of French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve-existing conditions


How can I get involved and learn more?

The development of a management plan is underway that will guide the protection, restoration and community use of the French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve. The Management Plan will present a long-term vision for the 23-acre Nature Preserve and identify goals, strategies, and actions to work towards over the next ten years.

The plan is being developed in collaboration with representatives from Save Estuary Land Society, Friends of French Creek Conservation Society, Arrowsmith Naturalists, Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Institute, BC Parks Foundation and Regional District of Nanaimo (RDN).

Purchased from a developer by the BC Parks Foundation and the RDN in 2022, the French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve (FCENP) is managed by the RDN under the Electoral Area G Community Park Service through a 99-year renewable lease agreement with the BC Parks Foundation. Under the lease agreement, the RDN is responsible for managing the lands to ensure the protection, preservation, and conservation of its natural state for ecological, environmental, and aesthetic reasons.
Map of French Creek Estuary Nature PreserveMap of French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve-existing conditions


How can I get involved and learn more?

  • Review the draft French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve Management Plan and provide your feedback

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    RDN Electoral Area G residents are invited to provide their input on the draft French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve Management Plan. The draft vision, goals, strategies and actions as well as the proposed concept plan and use guidelines are available for review. An online comment form will be open until Friday, July 5, 2024.

    The RDN will use the input from the community to confirm the vision, goals, strategies and actions.

    The French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve Management Plan is being developed to guide the protection, restoration and community use of the nature preserve. The vision is to enhance and protect biodiversity by conserving and restoring important natural ecosystems while providing low-impact opportunities for visitors to connect with nature.

    The French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve Management Plan was created in collaboration with the Save Estuary Lands Society, Friends of French Creek Conservation Society, Arrowsmith Naturalists, Mid Vancouver Island Habitat Enhancement Society, Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute and the BC Parks Foundation.

    The final management plan will:

    • Present a vision for the French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve
    • Provide clear direction for the management, conservation and restoration of ecological resources
    • Align with the conservation goals and intended purposes for which the nature preserve was acquired

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    Residents can also view the draft Management Plan, ask questions and provide feedback in person at an open house on Saturday, June 22, 2024, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the French Creek Estuary Nature Preserve (parking lot located at the end of Admiral Tryon Blvd).

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    Education and Research

    Scientists and volunteers are conducting baseline inventories and studies on plant and animal species within the Preserve. This work produces valuable data to help guide the restoration of sensitive ecosystems and will continue through the delivery of the Management Plan.

    Access

    A number of trails have been closed due to risk from hazardous trees and to help protect wildlife and limit damage to the sensitive ecosystems found within the Preserve. The future trail network will be designed to balance public access with habitat protection. Please stay on the designated trails, keep your dogs on leash, and walk your bike.

    Safety

    Hazard trees were removed in December 2022 that were at risk of falling across well-used trails and public roads. For your safety, and for the health of the sensitive ecosystems, please follow the signs and stay on the designated trails.

    Restoration

    Restoration of an archaeologically sensitive area began in early 2023. User-made bike jumps were removed and split rail fencing and a pedestrian gravel trail were installed. Volunteers will complete the project by planting native species and adding bark mulch to the trail this fall.

    The removal of invasive plant species and habitat restoration activities have been paused while the management plan in being developed. Activity will resume once the Plan is complete.

Page last updated: 17 Jun 2024, 09:30 AM