Places Protected in the Islands
Clam Bay Farms is an active 43.3-hectare farm on North Pender Island. The large property is partially Agricultural Land Reserve and includes significant forested areas. The owner applied for re-zoning on portions of the property through the Islands Trust. One of the conditions of rezoning was to protect 8.26 hectares of provincially red-listed ecosystems through a conservation covenant.
The covenant area is mature forest of Douglas-fir, Western redcedar, grand fir and bigleaf maple. The Clam Bay conservation covenant protects two veteran (500-800 year old) Douglas-fir trees. Protecting the lush forest and ancient trees on the property is a source of pride for the landowner and farm team.
The Clam Bay conservation covenant extends a network of protected places on North Pender Island. To the west is the Found Road Ocean Access managed by the Pender Islands Parks and Recreation Commission and a 30 hectare covenant held by the North Pender Island Local Trust Committee restricting tree-cutting. To the east, a one-hectare conservation covenant held by the Islands Trust Fund follows the southern side of Clam Bay Road. Connected protected areas allow forest dwelling species to move freely and safely through a variety of habitats.
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