Established in 1998, the Ecosystem Study Area is an area dedicated to the study, preservation, and proper management of the environment. It is a valuable area of diverse and sensitive habitat, containing part of the Salmon River and some tributaries. The Salmon River is among the Lower Mainland's top salmon-producing rivers, and therefore it is essential that it be managed appropriately for these pollution-sensitive fish. The ESA is also home to the Oregon forest snail (Allogona townsendiana), which is a red-listed species in British Columbia, and considered endangered within Canada.


Donated in 2000, the Crow’s Nest Ecological Research Area is comprised of 72.7 acres within minutes of Fulford Harbour on Salt Spring Island. In addition to its breathtaking views, this property holds much ecological significance as it is home to some of the few remaining Garry oak (Quercus garryana) meadows in British Columbia. These meadows, along with other ecosystems associated with the Garry oak, contain more plant species than any other terrestrial ecosystem in coastal BC, as well as a multitude of other creatures, and many of these species are not found anywhere else in Canada. For more info, check out the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team. TWU professors and students are currently involved in many different research projects on this property, and the goal is to continue to build on our understanding of this unique Garry oak ecosystem, enabling us to manage the property in such a way as to keep it ecologically healthy for future generations to enjoy.

For a virtual tour of the Crow’s Nest and what we do there, hosted by our lands manager and former students, click here.

Production of these videos was supported by an Environment Canada HSP (Habitat Stewardship Program) grant. We also acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the videographers, Tim Andries, Nicholas Zator and Justin Smith.


Located east of Fort Langley in the Fraser Valley, The Blaauw Eco Forest spans 50 acres and consists of a second-growth forest with many large cedars, firs, bigleaf maples, cottonwoods, and bog species. Home to coyotes, deer, amphibians, reptiles, and 60+ species of birds, it also features an interpretive trail. Numerous science lab classes are conducted here, and GENV hires student assistants for maintenance and research.

For more of the remarkable story of this beautiful forest, click here.