||A certified organic farmer, Arthur Kikuchi moved to North Pender Island in 2000 because the landscape reminded him of Japan where he grew up. Arthur's passion for the natural environment was nurtured from a young age by his father, a lifelong naturalist specializing in the protection of wetlands and forests. In 2009, after Arthur received an inheritance from his parents, he chose to continue his father's vision by purchasing a forested lot on North Pender with the intent to protect it in its natural state. With the help of the Islands Trust Conservancy (the Islands Trust's land conservancy), the Pender Islands Conservancy Association, and the
|Nancy Waxler Morrison Biodiversity Protection Fund, Arthur and his family permanently protected the property with a conservation covenant.
Walking the property, Arthur talks about his decision to purchase the property, now named the Kikuchi Memorial - Frog Song Forest Covenant, solely for protection. "I wanted to use the money they left me to do something that would make them proud. So I covenanted the property. Whenever I come here, I feel my parents' presence. They never saw the property, but it's their lives, their work that protected it. I know they'd be proud of this legacy."
Arthur shared his outlook on protecting the land as his four children playing among the branches of a nearby cedar. "People can't own the land. We're only borrowing it from the future. When we die, we can't take what we own with us. Therefore, our legacies are what we leave behind. I want to leave this protected place behind for my children, their children and the next generations in my community. That's what makes me most happy about the covenant."