Places Protected in the Islands
Ecologists say Little D'Arcy Island is possibly one of the most
pristine and biologically diverse islands in the region.
Graduate students from the University of British Columbia have
conducted intensive studies on the island because its coastal
bluffs and woodland contain some of the highest levels of
species richness of all the small islands. This rare coastal
jewel can tell us much about unique island ecosystems.
Phil and Mary Middleton enlisted the help of the Islands Trust
Fund to register a covenant on this island in 2006, protecting 95%
of their eight hectare island. The property has
an interesting history spanning from early First Nations use to a
former holding facility for Chinese immigrants afflicted with
leprosy from 1907 to 1912. Throughout that history, the
ecosystems of Little D'Arcy Island remained healthy and
vibrant. Now protected, this habitat will continue to
flourish long into the future.
This covenant came to the Trust Fund Board through the Natural
Area Protection Tax Exemption Program.
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