Places Protected in the Islands
Cable Bay, a 61 hectare waterfront property, and the
neighbouring Pebble Beach have a rich First Nations history.
But in the 1900s, the ancient forest was logged heavily, cumulating
in a complete clearcut of the land in 1978. Every piece of
vegetation was bulldozed along with the top soil, and uniform rows
of Douglas-fir seedlings were planted as the next crop of trees for
This industrial cycle was broken in 1998 when the Galiano
Conservancy Association recognized the potential of the site to
provide connectivity in a future protected area network, and teamed
up with the Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Province of B.C.
to purchase the Cable Bay property. The Galiano Conservancy
Association protected the property as a reserve and educational
site, and asked the Islands Trust Fund to hold a conservation
covenant, adding a second layer of permanent protection for the
Today, Cable Bay is the site of an innovative restoration
project, where the Conservancy is helping the plantation shift
towards a healthy mature forest that supports a diversity of
species. For more information about the Conservancy's work,
please visit them here.
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: 10/02/16