Big Tree Registry

Photo by Alex Harris /
Raincoast Conservation Foundation.

Big Tree Registries are community-science driven initiatives that not only raise awareness about the importance of healthy trees and forests but also help identify areas of high conservation priority, providing valuable information to encourage the protection of iconic trees.

Pender Islands Big Tree Registry

The Pender Islands Big Tree Registry was launched in September 2019 aims to raise awareness about the rare and endangered status of Coastal Douglas-fir (CDF) forests and associated ecosystems characteristic to the Gulf Islands. It is a growing database of the big trees found around North and South Pender Islands, with plans to expand to additional southern Gulf Islands in late 2021. The registry has been modelled, with permission, after the University of British Columbia’s (UBC) big tree registry.

The CDF biogeoclimatic zone is among the most biodiverse zones in the province. It is also the most degraded. It is the least-protected zone in BC with less than 1% of its forests remaining as old growth and less than 10% older than 120 years.

Contribute to the Pender Islands Big Tree Registry

Like other big tree registries, trees are nominated by community members who collect species information along with a few simple measurements including trunk diameter at breast height (DBH), height, and crown spread. Nominations are made using the iNaturalist smartphone app, a Google Form submission, or manually using a prepared datasheet (PDF) depending on the nominator’s preference. These nominations are then verified by a qualified professional working with Raincoast Conservation Foundation to ensure measurements and location information have been accurately recorded. Findings will be used to document the biodiversity on Pender Islands and data may be useful for a number of potential projects.

For more information on big tree registries on the Gulf Islands or to submit your manual nomination forms, contact .

We currently are running a contest in collaboration with Nerdy About Nature and Patagonia where you have a chance to win a great prize pack filled with nifty tools to measure big trees.

Measurement guidelines

For more information on how to measure big trees, including tools you will need, photography tips, safety information, and how to measure irregular trees use Raincoast’s big tree measurement guidelines. 

Other registries

Find out about other registries from other regions.