Green Mountain Wildlife Management Area
About This Wildlife Management Area
Date Designated: May 30, 1991
Purpose: Management of critical
habitat for the Vancouver Island Marmot.
Size: 300 hectares
Region: West Coast
Location and Maps
32 km southwest of
Nature and Culture
This small WMA contains vital habitat for the critically endangered Vancouver
Island Marmot. As of 2008, there were believed to be only 85 to 100 of
this marmot species left in the wild (all of them on Vancouver Island),
and a further 162 in four captive breeding centres. The Green Mountain
area currently contains a small number of Vancouver Island Marmots, and
also provides habitat for Roosevelt Elk, Mule Deer, Black Bear, Wolf and
many other non-game species. Other rare species found here include Northern
Goshawk and White-tailed Ptarmigan.
Physiography, Climate and Vegetation
The Green Mountain WMA is characterized by a mix of alpine and subalpine
zones with open meadows, coniferous forest, steep ravines and rocky outcroppings.
Meadows are dominated by grasses, sedges, wildflowers and bracken fern
with some seepage areas found along creeks draining the areas. Patches
of coniferous forest are found throughout the area, generally in ravines
or on lower slopes and ridges. Prevalent tree species are Balsam Fir and
Mountain Hemlock with some Yellow Cedar also present. Some areas also
support White Rhododendron.
Information on management direction is available from the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations regional office.
Marmot Recovery Foundation