Sensitive Ecosystems on Cortes Island
Woodland, riparian, wetland, freshwater/lake, intertidal, herbaceous, old forest: all of these types of sensitive ecosystems are found on Cortes Island. Sensitive ecosystems are considered ecologically significant and, at one time, expanded a much larger area of space. These ecosystems are rare, fragile, and/or at risk due to human influences on the landscape.
Sensitive ecosystems are inherently rich in biodiversity and provide habitat for both plant and animal species at risk. The more biodiverse an ecosystem is, the more resilient it is to stress and changes. This is very important to maintain the integrity of these islands!
We are grateful to Discovery Islands Ecosystem Mapping (DIEM) project for their hard work, their research, and information on these ecosystems in the Discovery Islands! Each of these photos is of an ecosystem found on Cortes Island and each of these photos will link you to the DIEM website. There you will find more of their work, including their mapping of these ecosystems, showcasing where these ecosystems are found on the Discovery Islands! Check them out!
Old forest ecosystems (e.g. Kwas Park) consist of trees of all ages and stages: massive living old trees, young trees in a well-developed understory, large dead trees, etc. (picture to come). Read more …