Vancouver Island Vulnerable Ecologies
Vancouver Island has an incredible assortment of ecosystems and habitats, and unfortunately, many of them are at risk. Fragmentation, habitat loss, continuing climate changes, and conflict with humans are all very real risks to ecosystems on the island and as the human population continues to grow, more and more areas are being placed in danger of being made uninhabitable. Protected areas remain small in size and number, and despite some recent successes with species reintroduction and park creation, the amount of habitat and undeveloped land continues to dwindle.
The ecosystems profiled here have been selected for their vulnerability to collapse, rarity, and profile on Vancouver Island. Some, like the Garry oak ecosystem, are under immediate threat due to human encroachment and activity, while others, though still sensitive, are less critically threatened. The long-term protection of these ecosystems on Vancouver Island is crucial in order to preserve the biodiversity and variety of life on the island, and with public support, the preservation of these complex systems is possible. Without action, some of these ecosystems will certainly collapse, leaving the island ecologically poorer, and the responsibility for the death of another ecosystem on our hands.