Places Protected in the Islands
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.
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