Places Protected in the Islands
The Kikuchi Memorial - Frog Song Forest Covenant protects a 1.8 hectare property rich with natural habitat. Inside the covenant area sits a wetland singing with the chorus of tree frogs, and an older forest with trees over 100 years old. The protected space forms a vital link between two Parks Canada properties, providing a safe corridor for species to travel within.
The Kikuchi family protected the North Pender Island property for the benefit of future generations and in honour of their family ancestors. With a covenant, the property will remain protected forever, even after it passes from the family's hands. The Kikuchi children explore the rich undergrowth for hidden species, never having to worry if the canopy of trees over their heads will one day be lost to houses and roads.
"People can't own the land. We're only borrowing it from the future," Arthur Kikuchi says, as he points to his four children playing among the branches of a nearby cedar. "When we die, we can't take what we own with us. Therefore, our legacies are what we leave behind. I want to leave this protected place behind for my children, their children and the next generations in my community. That's what makes me most happy about the covenant."
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