Places Protected in the Islands
The Settlement Lands Covenant protects 64 hectares (157 acres) of large old Douglas-firs, marshy wetlands and breeding habitat for the federally endangered Taylor’s Checkerspot butterfly. Taylor’s Checkerspot butterflies are extremely rare. Following 2001-2003 surveys they were thought to be extirpated in Canada. In 2005, they were found on Denman Island where they continue to live and breed. The location of these lands provides important forest, meadow and marshland habitat connectivity between already conserved lands, including the Denman Island Provincial Park, the Islands Trust Fund’s Inner Island Nature Reserve and the Winter Wren Wood Covenant.
The Denman Conservancy Association acquired the Settlement Lands in 2006 as part of the settlement in a legal case. In 2015, the Conservancy asked the Islands Trust Fund to hold a conservation covenant on the Settlement Lands, adding a second layer of permanent protection for the property. The Islands Trust Fund worked with the Denman Conservancy Association to develop a comprehensive management plan to guide the care of this special place. The Settlement Lands Covenant will be managed to ensure the ecological features are monitored and maintained for the future.
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: 24/10/17