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, covered a much larger area. These ecosystems are rare, fragile, and/or at risk due to human influences on the landscape.
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 a sensitive ecosystem found on Cortes Island and each will link you to the DIEM website. There you will find out more about these ecosystems and the plants and animals they support. You will also see where else they occur in the Discovery Islands. Why not check them out! Please note not all species listed in the descriptions necessarily occur on Cortes Island.