FAQ - What is the Islands Trust Conservancy

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What is the Islands Trust Conservancy?

The Islands Trust Conservancy is a regional land trust.  We protect natural landscapes in Canada's islands in the Salish Sea - a special area encompassing  some of the most endangered ecosystems in Canada.  By permanently protecting  natural environments, either as nature reserves or conservation covenants, we are ensuring these treasured islands remain beautiful, resilient and diverse - forever.  Our vision is to create a network of protected areas in the islands so that Canada's Salish Sea is a vibrant tapestry of culture and ecology, and where viable ecosystems flourish alongside healthy island communities.
 The Islands Trust Conservancy achieves its mission by:
  • Working with landowners to protect ecosystems on private property
  • Building a strong conservation alliance in the islands by supporting local island conservancies, and
  • Demonstrating the highest standards of land stewardship in our nature reserves.
The Islands Trust Conservancy is a qualified donee as defined by the Income Tax Act.  We issue tax receipts for income tax purposes to individuals who donate land or cash to be used for conservation.   The Islands Trust Conservancy is governed by the  Islands Trust Conservancy board, which is legally independent from the Islands Trust.

Common misconception: the Islands Trust and Islands Trust Conservancy is the same thing

The Islands Trust Conservancy is not the same as the Islands Trust.  Although established by the same legislation - the Islands Trust Act - the Islands Trust Conservancy is a land trust whereas the Islands Trust is a local government regulating land use on the islands.

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After more than 50 years immersed in the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland, Sara and Richard Steil enjoyed a quieter life surrounded by natural habitat they protected with a conservation covenant.

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Page last updated: 12/09/18
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