Places Protected in the Islands
In springtime, the meadows of the Windthrow Covenant are abloom
in colourful wildflowers and grasses. The 26 hectare property
protects a remnant of the Garry oak meadows and woodlands that once
blanketed this region. Waves crash onto the rocky shoreline
below, creating a saltwater mist over the unique landscape.
Mosses and lichens growing on the south-west facing slopes provide
habitat for a diversity of native species living here.
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
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