Islands Trust is a special purpose government mandated to preserve and protect over 450 Islands in the Salish Sea.
At home, across the country, and internationally, the southern islands of BC have long been recognized for their beauty, fragile ecosystems, character, and natural and cultural places.
The Province of British Columbia created the Islands Trust in 1974 in response to the potential environmental effects of dense residential subdivisions that were in development in the Gulf Islands. There were requests at the time to preserve and protect the region into the future.
Today, the Islands Trust preserves and protects the islands in the context of:
- First Nations reconciliation
- climate change
- freshwater limitations
- hundreds of species at risk
- development and tourism pressures