Gambier Island Conservancy
Streamkeepers and Mapping Project
· Little detailed environmental data existed for the Island.
· The Conservancy was concerned that without hard data and increased public awareness the
environmental values would not be protected both on the private and crown lands.
· Pressures to develop and log land have escalated in recent years.
· The Conservancy wanted to take a pro-active approach to help the Land Use Planning
processes currently underway (OCP review) by providing much needed data.
· Collect available digital data and analog maps in a central location.
· Digitize and make data more accessible (Arcview) for land use planning and field/inventory
· Data collected: TRIM, forest cover, orthophotos, cadastral, geological, zoning, biophysical
· Identify gaps and prioritize projects.
· Streamkeepers: detailed fish habitat assessment and stream mapping.
· Study of the riparian zones around Gambier's Lakes.
· Wetlands Project.
· Integration of data sets with the Streamkeepers/SHIM detailed stream-mapping data.
· Recognizing the accuracy limitations within each set of data (e.g., Island outline).
· Need an effective way to store meta-data.
· Increased level of technical skills required by local volunteers to manage the data.
· Logistics of doing detailed field work in a remote rugged island location.
· Availability/distribution of environmental information to interested agencies/groups/persons.
· Need a central repository for data to avoid duplication and assist other initiatives.
· Need standards for mapping and inventory work that will allow increasing levels of detail to
build progressively without duplication.
· Having standards would enhance shareability and reduce redundancy.
For more information, please contact:
Maria Van Dyk