Places Protected in the Islands
Eileen Wttewaall and her husband bought their Salt Spring property in the late 1970s with the intention of living lightly on the land. During their time living on their land they realized their dream; a sanctuary of nature surrounds the Wttewaall's passive solar home. The land's rocky ridge-top is blanketed with moss and wildflowers. Vulnerable species, such as red-legged frog and Western Screech-owl find sanctuary here.
After many years exploring the diversity and seasonal changes on the property, Eileen decided that the abundance of life that brings her so much joy needed to be permanently protected. Eileen protected the natural portion of the property with a conservation covenant in 2008. She named the nearly four hectare protected area Frog Haven, for the wetland on the property that comes alive each spring and summer with the sounds of breeding Pacific chorus frogs.
Eileen donated the covenant through the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program, allowing her to reduce her annual property taxes in exchange for protecting natural habitat on their land.
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