Sandy Island was established as a provincial park in 1966. Prior to being a park, the island was used by the Department of National Defense for military exercises.
Over the past several years there has been an increase in the number of visitors to Jáji7em and Kw’ulh Marine Park [a.k.a. Sandy Island Marine Park] (known locally as Tree Island). Unfortunately, some of these visitors light fires, leave garbage, damage trees and plants and allow their dogs to run free, actions which are putting this small and fragile park at risk.
BC Park’s mandate is to protect the natural woodlands, plants and animals but also maintain the recreational opportunities in the park. In order to meet our mandate and protect the park from damage by visitors, BC Parks has organized volunteer help. In a formal stewardship the Comox Valley Yacht Club and the Friends of Tree Island are assisting BC Parks in taking care of Sandy Island.
As Marine Park Hosts, the yacht club members will anchor offshore to educate the visitors on appropriate park behavior. The Friends of Tree Island have produced an information brochure, are collecting data and assisting with the cleanup of the park. Park Rangers are available to coordinate the stewardship and patrol the island to educate and enforce the Park Act and regulations.