BC Parks Fjordlands
A Co-Managed BC Park Containing Prime Grizzly and Spirit Bear HabitatFjordland Conservancy is a large marine park, encompassing Kynoch and Mussel Inlets, their estuaries and the surrounding mountainous landscape. It is located within the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nation's traditional territory and is co-managed under an agreement between the Kitasoo Nation and the Province of British Columbia.
This co-operative management agreement allows the Kitasoo Nation to access land and resources for their use within the Conservancy while achieving conservation and recreation objectives for the area. From the water, view the soaring peaks of the Coast Mountains, dense coastal forests, imposing waterfalls and lush river estuaries.The vegetation is lush and grows high and this area is home to Spirit bears, grizzly and black bears, mountain goats, Sitka black tailed deer, wolverines and rainforest wolves.
- History - The area was originally protected as a recreation area in 1987 but was converted to a conservancy in 2006 pursuant to government land use decisions in the Central Coast Land and Resource Management Plan area.
- Cultural Heritage - Fiordland is the traditional territory of the Kitasoo/Xai'xais First Nations. It is illegal to disturb cultural heritage sites or remove artifacts from them. Please respect this important and sensitive area.
- Conservation - Fiordland Conservancy was created to protect a spectacular representative of the Northern Fiordlands Landscape. Protecting such landscapes is key to BC Parks' mandate of representing BC's ecosystems in the protected area system. The biogeoclimatic zones in the area are coastal western hemlock, mountain hemlock and alpine tundra.
- Wildlife - The conservancy's magnificent grizzly bears enjoy excellent coastal habitat, with two major river estuaries providing them with fresh salmon during the spawning season. Lush vegetation and plentiful small mammals and insects form their diet during the spring and early summer. Besides the grizzly bears, the conservancy provides habitat for Spirit Bears, black bears, mountain goats, wolves, cougars, Columbia black tailed deer and small mammals, as well as the marine mammals, waterfowl and shorebirds typical of coastal inlets.