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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.

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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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