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Rocky Mountain juniper trees are rare in the Gulf Islands, pushing the boundaries of the most western extent of their range. On a rocky Pender point, a grove of ancient junipers look out over Swanson Channel, part the beautiful view scape greeting visitors to the island as they pass by on the ferry.

In 1999, the owners of this point, Dave and Isobel Dennis, protected the shoreline portion of their property with a conservation covenant.  The covenant permanently protects the junipers as well as the habitat the shoreline provides for other species like the Pileated Woodpecker and rattlesnake plantain.

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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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