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Rose Longini's certified organic farm and surrounding natural land are a sanctuary for the island's wildlife and migrating birds.  One naturalist described Rose's ponds as "the kidneys" of southern Galiano Island, storing and filtering upland water to the most populated area of the island.  Bald eagles wash salt water from their wings in the pond after fishing in the ocean, and give flying lessons to their young in the cedar snags that surround the wetlands.   Old-growth maples, cedars and firs stand tall over the forest, some older than 400 years old.  They shelter the more than 60 species of resident and migratory birds that visit Rose's wetlands throughout the year. 

In 2001, Rose was ready to part with the residential portion of her 32 hectare property, keeping just the farm and supporting ecosystems.  But she wanted to make sure the landscape would remain intact no matter who owned the land in the future.  As an organic farmer, Rose felt a strong sense of responsibility for the land.  So Rose enlisted the help of the Islands Trust Fund and Galiano Conservancy Association to put conservation covenants on both the farm and the proposed lot. 

The Green Frog Farm covenant allows the 25 hectare property to continue to be farmed in a sustainable way while protecting the habitat of a diversity of species.  The neighbouring 7 hectare Longini covenant allows for future owners to live on the land while making sure they respect the ecosystems that were once part of Rose's farm.  With these two covenants, Rose's dream of leaving the landscape intact forever has come true.

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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.

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Page last updated: 10/02/16
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