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Fairyslipper Forest Protected as Thetis Island's First Publicly Accessible Nature Reserve

January 25, 2018 - Fairyslipper Forest on Thetis Island, B.C. is now permanently protected as a nature reserve. The new 16-hectare (40 acre) nature reserve on lower Burchell Hill is the result of a partnership between the Islands Trust Fund, the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy and the Cowichan Community Land Trust and is named after the delicate calypso ‘fairyslipper’ orchids that bloom on the hill each spring.



Denman Island Conservation Covenant Protects Butterfly Habitat

December 4, 2017 - A new voluntary legal covenant between the Islands Trust Fund and the Denman Conservancy Association protects the rich and diverse forest, meadow and wetland habitats of the Settlement Lands on Denman Island.


Isabella Point on salt Spring Island Now Permanently Protected

July 26, 2017 - Long-time Salt Spring Island resident Basil Franey has permanently protected 2.15 hectares (5.3 acres) of his treasured property on historic Isabella Point on Salt Spring Island.



Moore Hill Protected as a Nature Reserve

March 3, 2017 - A unique unspoiled waterfront forest on the east coast of Thetis Island is now permanently protected. The Islands Trust Fund, in partnership with the Cowichan Community Land Trust and the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy, has created a nature reserve to protect 21 hectares (52 acres) of Moore Hill.

Fairyslipper Forest Campaign Welcomes Matching Funds to Meet Deadline

May 24, 2016 - A fundraising campaign to acquire Fairyslipper Forest on Thetis Island has received a much needed boost. An anonymous donor recently pledged to match donations up to $40,000. Once matched, this gift will help meet the impending campaign goal of 50 percent needed by the end of June 2016.

Clam Bay Farms Conservation Covenant Protects Mature Forest Ecosystems

February 1, 2016 - The owners of Clam Bay Farms have signed a conservation covenant with the Islands Trust Fund protecting more than eight hectares of endangered forest ecosystems adjacent to Clam Bay Road on North Pender Island. The Clam Bay Conservation Covenant permanently protects mature mixed stands of Douglas-fir, Western redcedar, grand fir and bigleaf maple, including two exceptional veteran Douglas-fir trees estimated to be 500 and 800 years old.

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North Pender Couple Protects Rare Ecosystems on Waterfront Property

January 8, 2016 - Ann and Michael Philpot have permanently protected the natural ecosystems of their Wallace Point property through a conservation covenant with the Islands Trust Fund.


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Give the Gift of Nature - Help purchase Thetis Island's first publicly accessible nature reserve

November 26, 2015 - At this time of year, many people want to give gifts to friends, family and colleague, but struggle to find gifts with meaning. Symbolic gifts can be a great fit, especially when you can support a local cause close to the heart of the recipient. This year you can give a gift of Coastal Douglas-fir forest!


Fairyslipper Forest Video News Release

Help Save Fairyslipper Forest on Thetis Island!

June 8, 2015 - The Islands Trust Fund and partners Thetis Island Nature Conservancy (ThINC) and Cowichan Community Land Trust have launched an online video to kick-start year two of the campaign to create the first publicly-accessible nature reserve on Thetis Island.

Rare Forest on Lasqueti Island Permanently Protected

April 28, 2015 - The mature coastal Douglas-fir forest on the John Osland Nature Reserve on Lasqueti Island is now officially protected by the Islands Trust Fund and its partners, the Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy (LINC) and the Nanaimo & Area Land Trust (NALT).

Maps of Eelgrass Beds in the Gulf and Howe Sound Islands Now Online

February 17, 2015 - Complete mapping of eelgrass beds in the waters surrounding Canada’s islands in the Salish Sea is now available online.
The new maps are intended to support governments in preventing habitat loss as they make science-based decisions about land use and conservation in shoreline areas.


ITF & Partners Permanently Protect McFadden Creek Nature Sanctuary

November 5, 2014 - The McFadden Creek Nature Sanctuary on Salt Spring Island has joined the Islands Trust Fund’s network of over 90 protected places in Canada’s islands in the Salish Sea.

Salt Spring Islander reduces his Property Taxes by Protecting Forest

October 8, 2014 - Larry Appleby is Salt Spring Island’s 10th landowner to permanently protect private land with a Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program (NAPTEP) covenant.

Ancient Cedar on Gabriola Island Requires Additional Protection

September 15, 2014 - The namesake tree of the Elder Cedar (S’ul-hween X’pey) Nature Reserve, a frequently visited giant Western redcedar on Gabriola Island, is showing signs of distress. Three local groups have had to make the tough decision to protect the tree’s root zone with a fence.

Help Needed to Create Thetis Island’s First Community Nature Reserve

September 9, 2014 - A joint fundraising campaign is underway to create the first community nature reserve on Thetis Island. The campaign, involving the Thetis Island Nature Conservancy, the Cowichan Land Trust and the Islands Trust Fund, aims to raise $560K to acquire the property known as Lower Burchell Hill.

UBC Study Shows Islands Trust Area Forests are Significant Carbon Sinks

June 2, 2014 - A new report finds that forests in the Islands Trust area store and sequester more carbon than Coastal Douglas-fir zone forests outside the Trust area.

New Report Highlights Landowners' Role in Protecting Forage Fish Spawning Habitat

May 27, 2014 - Marine biologists and volunteers travelled the coastlines of Thetis, Hornby and Denman Islands over the last year to find 196 beaches capable of supporting forage fish spawning.

Islands Trust Fund Releases Results of Eelgrass Mapping

February 3, 2014 - New maps of eelgrass habitat in the Islands Trust area will provide baseline information that marine scientists, conservation organizations and local governments can use to monitor the health of marine habitat of the Salish Sea.
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Tax Exemption Program Helps Landowners Preserve Habitat

January 29, 2014 - The Islands Trust offers island property owners a way to keep money in their pockets in exchange for preserving natural habitat and the benefits green space provides communities.
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Land Trusts Provide Extra Protection for Gambier Island Nature Reserves

November 27, 2013 - The Islands Trust Fund has teamed with two local land trusts to reinforce the protected status of three nature reserves on Gambier Island. The agreements ensure decisions about future management will include local knowledge.
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Protection of Million Dollar Waterfront Property in Sight for Local Island Group

October 1, 2013 - A donation from the Islands Trust Fund tips a campaign to save an iconic island waterfront into the homestretch. The Pender Islands Conservancy Association is less than $100,000 away from their fundraising goal to protection Brooks Point forever.
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Three Local Conservation Groups Unite to Protect Mt. Trematon

September 10, 2013 - The Islands Trust Fund has signed an agreement with the Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy and the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust to share responsibility for protecting Mt. Trematon on Lasqueti Island.
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Time Running Out For Rare Wetland on Bowen Island

August 26, 2013 - Mud boggers and ATV drivers are jeopardizing the future of a Bowen Island nature reserve that only three years ago was one of the least disturbed and ecologically rare fens in southern BC.
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Land Acquisition Completes Mid-Galiano Conservation Network

May 21, 2013 - The Islands Trust Fund, Galiano Conservancy Association and the Nature Conservancy of Canada have secured 40 hectares of forestland on Galiano, completing the 500-hectare Mid-Galiano Conservation Network.
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Islands Trust Fund Offers to Match $5,000 in Donations to Save South Pender's Brook Point

May 14, 2013 - The Islands Trust Fund will match the next $5,000 it receives in donations to protect Brooks Point, a headland jutting out into Boundary Pass. Donations received by December 31, 2013 to the Islands Trust Fund's Opportunity Fund will be doubled and directed to the campaign to save this stunning waterfront property.
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North Pender Couple Donate Nighthawk Hill Conservation Covenant

December 18, 2012 - In time for the holiday season, Andy Nowak and Mary Reher have given unique species a significant gift - a permanently protected home. The North Pender couple donated a conservation covenant through the Islands Trust Fund's NAPTEP program, protecting the forest on their land forever.
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Hornby Islander Protects Land with Help from Tax-Savings Program and Conservancy

November 20, 2012 - Hornby resident Tom Knott has become the first on his island to use a tax-saving program to protect his land, with the assistance of the Islands Trust Fund and Conservancy Hornby Island. His gift - the Myra Powers Conservation Covenant - permanently protects a maturing forest on the south-eastern slopes of Mount Geoffrey.
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Leading the Way to Secure the Future of Valens Brook, Denman Island

November 14, 2012 - Dr. Kal Holsti and Marilyn Wan's generous donation of land to the Islands Trust Fund has become Denman Island's newest nature reserve. "Our first priority was to protect the habitat on our land and create a place that others can enjoy. And if we can serve as a model to others, so much the better for all Denman Islanders."
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Thetis Island Owners Have Options to Provide Lasting Protection for Properties

February 9, 2012 - With mounting development pressures, the need for permanent land protection on Thetis is bigger than ever. Private landowners can protect ems on their land without giving up their rights to live on, enjoy and sell the land. Conservation covenants offer an innovative tool that protects land in perpetuity.
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Lasqueti Islander Bequeaths Land to the Islands Trust Fund

January 18, 2012 - From the time John Osland moved to Lasqueti Island in 1948, he lived lightly on the land, leaving only his bicycle tracks along his grassy driveway. At the age of 91, John passed away, leaving his 64-hectare proeprty to the Islands Trust Fund to be protected forever as a nature reserve.

North Pender Couple Add to Island's Protected Area

December 6, 2011 - Bob and Fran's love affair with their land started more than twenty years ago, when they began creating a sanctuary for native species by removing invasives from the lot. Today, the Roses are delighted by the camas, fairy-slippers, buttercups and blue-eyed Mary that carpet the meadow where the broom once stood.

Open House on Lasqueti for Tax-Saving Conservation Program

February 18, 2011 - Join us March 18th, 2011 for a NAPTEP Open House on Lasqueti Island. Learn about this conservation program, new to Lasqueti. NAPTEP rewards conservation-minded landowners with an annual 65% property tax reduction on portions of their land protected by a conservation covenant.

North Pender Family Creates Natural Legacy for the Future

February 17, 2011 - The Kikuchi family, of North Pender Island, have permanently protected their property with a conservation covenant. The protected area, dedicated to the family's ancestors and future generations, will remain naturally beautiful forever.
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