Places Protected in the Islands
Generations of beavers have come and gone, making these
headwaters of Beaver Creek rise and fall. Today, beavers have
returned once again, causing Great Beaver Swamp to swell.
Red-tailed Hawk and Red Winged Blackbird perch above the swamp and
Mallards visit in the winter. Great Blue Heron can often be
seen wading in the shallow waters.
In 2003, the Galiano Conservancy Association jumped at the
opportunity to purchase the Great Beaver Swamp and surrounding
forest, protecting one of the island's largest wetlands
forever. The Islands Trust Fund and Habitat Acquisition Trust
hold a conservation covenant on the 18 hectare reserve, adding a
second layer of permanent protection for the swamp and surrounding
woodland. The property forms a central link in a protected
area network the Conservancy hopes will one day span across Galiano
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