Places Protected in the Islands
After a number of nearby lots were heavily logged, Tom Knott found himself the custodian of the last privately-owned natural space between Strachan Valley and the bluffs and Garry Oak grove near the end of the ridge, a forest corridor important to animals and plants. Worried that future owners might not realize the importance of this forest after he was gone, Tom chose to protect the natural portion of his land with a conservation covenant. Tom's covenant is unique in that it allows him to maintain a sustainable working relationship with the land - the covenant allows him to take small, carefully regulated amounts of firewood from within the protected area. Meanwhile, the covenant ensures the sensitive ecosystems on Tom's land will always remain healthy for future generations of species and people.
Tom named the covenant Myra Powers in memory of his grandmother whose enthusiasm for the natural world inspired his lifelong connection with nature. "The biggest reward for me would be if one day, after I'm gone, my actions protecting this land provides a new generation of children a space to wonder and discover, just as she encouraged me to do."
Tom donated his covenant through the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program, allowing him to reduce his annual property taxes in exchange for protecting natural habitat on his land.
The Steils and the Steil's Woods Covenant
After more than 50 years immersed in the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland, Sara and Richard Steil now enjoy a quieter life surrounded by natural habitat they protected with a conservation covenant.
Page last updated: 12/10/17