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Beginning with Arthur Lineham in the early 1900s, many generations of the Lineham family have enjoyed this vacation property set along the shores of Maxwell Lake.  The lakeshore and surrounding wetlands are home to Great Blue Herons and western painted turtles.  Thick, maturing forests of Douglas-firs, big-leaf maples and Garry oaks host an assortment of native wildflowers, such as chocolate lily, nodding onion, and shooting stars.

The Lineham family have lovingly stewarded this property over the last century, taking care to leave the land as undisturbed as possible.  In 2005, Arthur's descendants enlisted the help of the Islands Trust Fund and Salt Spring Island Conservancy, placing a conservation covenant over much of the property, protecting the forests, wetlands and lakeshore for many generations to come.  The 24 hectare covenant links to neighbouring protected areas, creating a wildlife corridor stretching from the Maxwell Lake to the shores of the ocean. 

The family donated the covenant through the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program, allowing them to reduce their annual property taxes in exchange for protecting natural habitat on their land.

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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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