Places Protected in the Islands
When a group of neighbouring families applied to the local
government to rezone their properties, they learned that the marsh
they shared was exceptionally unusual. Dense rafts of
cattails interspersed with moats of open water make this maturing
fen a sanctuary for secretive marsh nesting birds such as Virginia
Rails and Common Snipes. Large dead snags standing in the
wetland fen provide bird habitat for cavity nesting, hunting,
perches, and most interestingly, display stations during
breeding. River otters occasionally gather food here.
The families protected the wetland spanning these two properties
with the Floating Cattails Marsh Conservation Covenant and
Strand-Dohan Conservation Covenant. Their efforts show that
with collaboration, conservation can span property boundaries, just
like the natural ecosystems do.
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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