In 2010, the Pender Islands Conservancy Association (PICA) embarked on a campaign to raise $300,000 to save the last unprotected piece of Brooks Point on South Pender Island. By 2013 with $100,000 still to raise, PICA had exhausted its donors on the island and needed to turn to its partners and the broader region for help.
|The Islands Trust Conservancy was the first to answer the call. We pledged a $5,000 grant from the Opportunity Fund if our donors could match that amount with donations to the project. During the summer of 2013, you answered our challenge quickly and generously. Trustees from the Islands Trust Council finished the campaign with donations from their own pockets. In late September, we sent a cheque to PICA for $10,000 to help protect Brooks Point.
Following that support, Victoria-based Habitat Acquisition Trust pledged a further $15,000 and Environment Canada sent $50,000 from its Habitat Stewardship Program. With final private donations coming through the door in December 2013, PICA proudly announced the campaign's success - the permanent protection of the entire Brooks Point. The announcement was celebrated by Pender residents, visitors, and nature-lovers from afar.
|Adam Taylor of HAT, Paul Petrie of PICA, and Jennifer Eliason of ITF celebrate the partnership to protect Brooks Point
The point, known for its spectacular meadow of chocolate lilies and camas in the spring, is now protected within the Capital Regional District's Regional Park system. Visitors to the park are rewarded with commanding views of Boundary Pass, a special vantage for viewing passing Orcas and porpoises.
To help us continue to save island landscapes like Brooks Point, please donate to the Opportunity Fund today. Your donation will allow us to respond quickly to properties in need.