On June 18, 2010, SCCA Executive Director Dan Bouman emailed a list of questions to the Conservation Data Center. His email is here, and the answers he received are below.

From: Daniel Bouman
To: Carmen Cadrin
Just further to our conversation today, I'd like to make a request for information.
Could you comment, based on CDC information inventory,
The parcel of land we are concerned with is waterfront in the Gospel Rock area of the Town of Gibsons. It has both young and mature trees between the ages 60 and 160 years, typically averaging about 80-100 years. The area has a road through it and has alien species, particularly near the road way.
Generally speaking,
Also, natural opening occur within both the CWHxm 02 and 03 associations in general and also within the Gospel Rock area. If land of this classification were to be placed under a covenant, would the covenant-holder need to undertake any activity, such as cutting trees down, in order to protect the ecological value of these natural openings?
And finally, would it be unusual or inappropriate, in your experience, for a municipality to protect land through a zoning by-law strictly for its environmental/ecological value?
Thank you very much for your consideration.
Daniel Bouman
Executive Director, Sunshine Coast Conservation Association

Carmen Cadrin answers for the CDC