Places Protected in the Islands
Sara and Richard Steil have explored and enjoyed each nook and cranny of their property on North Pender since they purchased it 15 years ago. Their wetland hosts amphibian critters and visiting Great Blue Herons. Wild strawberry and western trilliums fill in spaces on the forest floor between tall firs, cedars and maples.
Before moving to Pender, Sara and Richard watched as natural habitat in the communities surrounding Vancouver was lost to development. Learning from that experience, the Steils have worked to protect Pender Island from a similar fate. They've cared for the natural habitat on their property, and in 2009 enlisted the help of the Islands Trust Fund and Pender Islands Conservancy Association to continue that protection into the future. The Steil's Woods Conservation Covenant prevents future owners of the property from destroying the natural features that Sara and Richard cherish. It ensures the North Pender community will never lose this natural space to development.
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