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Establishing Shrubs in Protective Fenced Areas to Facilitate Forest Restoration on Sidney Island

Many decades of high-intensity browsing by deer on Sidney Island has greatly reduced the abundance and diversity of plants in the forest understory. The result of this pressure is that the forest on Sidney Island has lost much of the species diversity and structural diversity it once had: fewer tree species are able to grow into saplings to replace older trees as they die, and the understorey has nearly disappeared. The forest will continue on this trajectory unless effective restoration work is done. Therefore, the objective of this project is to establish pockets of native shrubs in the Park Reserve that would rejuvenate the forest understorey, both where they are planted and also throughout the forest by producing seeds. To accomplish this objective, we propose building ten small, fenced areas (10-meter by 10-meter) that prevent deer browsing and planting native shrubs within them. Fencing will not be permanent: the fenced areas will be constructed to last several years (3 – 10) to give the shrubs time to become well established, after which time the fences will be removed. The work will occur seasonally during 2021-2023. This project will be assessed with a basic impact assessment.


This map is for illustrative purposes. The markers represent the approximate locations based on available data. More than one marker may be identified for a given assessment.


Latest update

20 December 2020 – The public comment period on the project is closed. Parks Canada is considering comments received to help inform its determination on whether the carrying out of the project is likely to cause significant adverse environmental effects.

Key documents

Key documents
Document Number Document Title File Date
1 New Project Being Assessed by Parks Canada - Public Comments Invited 20 November to 20 December, 2020 - September 25, 2020

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Gulf Islands National Park Reserve
2220 Harbour Road
Sidney, British Columbia V8L 2P6
Telephone: 250-654-4000 or 1-866-944-1744
Fax: 250-654-4014

  • Location

    • Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (British Columbia)
  • Project Type

    • Maintenance activities (fences, walls)
    • Remediation and conservation
  • Status

    In progress
  • Start Date

  • Proponent

    Parks Canada
  • Authorities

    • Parks Canada Agency
  • Assessment Type

    Project on federal lands
  • Reference Number


Nearby projects

..within 200 kilometres
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