The damp, mossy, forested valleys characteristic of B.C.'s west coast are rare in the dry Gulf Islands. That's why when a key riparian area alongside one of Salt Spring's largest salmon-bearing streams was threatened by development, a committed group of concerned citizens sprung into action to save the special property.
Creekside Rainforest is an eight hectare patch of coastal temperate rainforest dominated by Western red cedar, Western hemlock, and mature Douglas-fir trees. Moss-draped trees and lush, green ferns make ventures into this special forest a delight for residents and visitors, both young and old. Red-legged frogs live along the creek and owls hunt among the trees.
With the help of generous donors, the Islands Trust Conservancy provided the campaign to Save Salt Spring Creekside Rainforest with a matching grant to leverage additional private donations. In total, an Opportunity Fund grant of $3,200 was applied to the purchase of the property in 2008.
To support the protection of endangered island places like Creekside Rainforest, please donate to the Opportunity Fund today!