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Mt. Tuam, and the neighbouring Mounts Bruce and Sullivan make up a mountain range stretching more than 600 meters above the waters of Satellite Channel on southern Salt Spring Island.  Mt. Tuam is a rare haven for some of the province's most at-risk species.  Yellow Montane Violet and Coastal Scouler's Catchfly dot the grassy mountainside.  Biologists have sighted Northern Pygmy-Owl, Olive-sided Flycatcher, and Barn Swallow in the trees.  The Salt Spring Island Conservancy has identified a total of 24 species at risk on Mt. Tuam.

In 2013, the Salt Spring Island Conservancy and Islands Trust Fund teamed up to protect more than 13 hectares near the summit of Mt. Tuam with a conservation covenant.  The covenant prevents the private landowner or any future owners from developing inside the protected area, keeping intact the vast Garry oak meadow.  The covenant was made possible with the generous support of Environment Canada's Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk.

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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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