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The Burnt Snag Covenant protects coastal barrier dunes, behind which lie wetlands on a coastal sand plain.  The fragile ecosystem created by the dunes provide unique habitat where saltwater meets freshwater.   Red-breasted Mergansers, Red-winged Blackbirds, and Song Sparrows are found in the sedge fens and marsh meadows of the protected area.  Howell's montia, an at-risk plant growing throughout the dune area, produces beautiful delicate flowers in the spring.

The Sidney Island conservation covenants, eight in all, protect 53 hectares of the island's most fragile ecosystems.  The creation of the covenants coincided with a subdivision of nearby land for development and sustainable forestry.  In creating the covenants, the landowners wanted to achieve balance in their community, by protecting special areas on the island while making it possible to selectively harvest the forest and build houses.  With most of the covenants along the shoreline, the protected areas ensure the natural beauty of Sidney Island - as seen from the water by sailors and kayakers - will remain forever.

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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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