Burdwood Group Conservancy is a cluster of islands situated on the southern Central Coast of British Columbia that includes Denham Island, Walker Islet, and several other unnamed island and islets. The Conservancy is 48km northeast of Port McNeill on Vancouver Island and 290 km northwest of Vancouver. The Provincial Government recognizes Burdwood Group as being within the consultative area of the Mamalilikulla, Dzawada’enuxw and Kwikwasut’inuxw Haxwa’mis First Nations. Established on March 13, 2009 pursuant to the Protected Areas of British Columbia (Conservancies and Parks) Amendment Act (2008), the Burdwood Group protects largely undisturbed forested upland habitats within a rich and diverse marine environment.
A management plan for the Conservancy was drafted as the result of a collaborative planning process between the Mamalilikulla-Qwe’Qwa’Sot’Em First Nation and BC Parks. This draft plan sets out the long-term, strategic direction for the Conservancy and provides guidance for how it will be managed, and was open for public review and comment between May 2012 and June 30, 2012.
May 1 to June 30, 2012
- Five submissions were received, representing individuals, local government, a local commercial recreation company and the BC Marine Trails Network Association.
Input leads to action:
Additional draft management direction was included to address concerns raised about adjacent marine uses and concentrating camping in particular sites.