Cordova Shore Conservation Strategy

The Cordova Shore is a unique coastal landscape on southeastern Vancouver Island composed of rich intertidal and subtidal marine areas, a sand spit and dunes, eroding bluffs, coastal wetlands, and rock outcrops. It supports species at risk such as the contorted‐pod evening‐primrose, Sand‐verbena Moth, and silky beach pea that are found in coastal sand ecosystems, as well as abundant marine bird and shellfish populations.

The Cordova Shore is part of the Sidney Channel Important Bird Area (IBA) which is recognized internationally for its murrelets, auklets, cormorants, gulls and shorebirds in summer, winter seaducks, and migrating grebes, loons, brant, and shorebirds in spring. It also has a rich cultural history for the Tsawout First Nation who rely on its plant, wildlife, and marine resources; their community is a key part of the Cordova Shore landscape. Finally, Cordova Shore is a regionally important recreation area that is used by residents of, and visitors to, Central Saanich for natural experience and recreation. It is an ecologically and culturally rich landscape this is loved by many.

The purpose of the Cordova Shore Conservation Strategy was to improve the management of ecosystems, plant, fish, and wildlife species, and human activities in the Cordova Shore through collaborative conservation actions. This includes actions to restore ecological processes, recover species at risk, reduce recreation impacts, improve access to cultural resources, and celebrate the shore’s unique character.

Location: Cordova Shore, Vancouver Island (Island View Beach Regional Park, Cordova Spit (TIXEN), and Tsawout First Nation Reserve
Client:
CRD Parks with Tsawout First Nation and Environment Canada
Team:
Raincoast Applied Ecology
Date:
January 2010 to August 2010
Documents:
 Cordova Shore Conservation Strategy (Final Report)