Karl Bachmann knew his land on Gabriola Island was special. Hidden away in the mature woodland forest were boulders and sandstone deposits left from the last Ice Age. Arbutus and Douglas-fir trees stood tall on the site, and salal, vanilla leaf and trailing blackberry created a rich, green understory. Karl wanted to make sure this woodland would never be lost. In 2005, he protected the natural area of his property with a conservation covenant, leaving aside a small area containing his house and gardens. The covenant is co-held with the Gabriola Land and Trails Trust.
In 2010, Karl recruited the help of the Islands Trust Conservancy to revise his covenant to fit NAPTEP (the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program), giving him a 65% exemption on his annual property taxes. Now, his land remains protected while he enjoys extra savings in exchange.
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.
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