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General News · 8th December 2013
Lannie Keller
The Discovery Islands Ecosystem Mapping Project maps are now online and freely available for all islanders to use and explore!

Check out the results of this two-year community effort at, where you’ll be able to see the location of sensitive ecosystems (e.g. wetland, old forest, herbaceous, etc.) in the Discovery Islands watershed. You can also layer these sensitive ecosystems maps with “enduring” biophysical features and a whole variety of data sets to show interesting perspectives on our local ecology and various human impacts.

Learning how to use the map tools is time well spent; your effort opens doors to a world of information that can help all of us understand what’s here, what’s rare, and how we can plan to protect what’s important. DIEM project is adding data sets to the gallery, so you can also look forward to new views and features in the near future. Stay tuned for upcoming presentations and tutorials!

Find the DIEM maps at: - “search” for Discovery Islands. Or:

If you’re making holiday donations this year, consider giving to a local community project! DIEM is fundraising for Year 3 activities, including skills and field workshops, a guide to island ecosystems, community mapping, and watershed data analysis. Any donations will be gratefully accepted and tax receipts will be provided. Cheques may be sent to “Surge Narrows Community Association – DIEM” at Box 52, Surge Narrows, V0P 1W0.

DIEM Project welcomes your questions, comments, requests: Phone Lannie 285-2823 or Eve 202-0077 or email us at

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