Places Protected in the Islands
Manzanita Ridge protects the south-facing ridge of Mount Erskine, with old-growth fir groves, cliff-top shore pines, and rare arbutus/hairy manzanita plant communities. Manzanita Ridge joins a larger network of protected areas around Mount Erskine, combined protecting more than 200 hectares of habitat. The popular Jack Fisher Trail network travels down from Mount Erskine to Manzanita Ridge. Hikers marvel at the dramatic rocky outcrops and magnificent viewpoints along the trail.
The Salt Spring Island Conservancy purchased Manzanita Ridge from Martin Williams in 2003. Shortly after purchasing the property, the Conservancy asked the Islands Trust Fund to hold a conservation covenant on Manzanita Ridge, adding a second layer of permanent protection for the property. The Islands Trust Fund monitors the property annually and works with the Conservancy to make sure the biodiversity values of Manzanita Ridge remain for the future.
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