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While building their home, Andy Nowak and Mary Reher stumbled across an almost perfectly camouflaged Nighthawk nesting in the bushes near their new home.  The couple took great care to give the mother space to raise her young.  Since then, the Nighthawks have returned annually, soaring along the ridge above the couple's home, greeting Andy and Mary at dusk with their wild calls.  "It's their hill - Nighthawk Hill" says Mary.  "We just happen to be here to share their home."

Andy and Mary protected the undeveloped portion of their property, a high benchland and surrounding forest, with a conservation covenant, preserving the beauty of their land forever.  Ladyslippers grow along the ridge each spring, and coralroot and indian-pipe are found on the forest floor below.  Andy and Mary took great care in choosing which parts of their land they would protect, balancing their vision of protecting ecosystems with the different ways their children may want to use the property in the future.  The couple donated the Nighthawk Hill Conservation Covenant through the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program.

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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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