Great Beaver Swamp Conservation Covenant


Generations of beavers have come and gone, making these headwaters of Beaver Creek rise and fall.  Today, beavers have returned once again, causing Great Beaver Swamp to swell.  Red-tailed Hawk and Red Winged Blackbird perch above the swamp and Mallards visit in the winter.  Great Blue Heron can often be seen wading in the shallow waters. 

In 2003, the Galiano Conservancy Association jumped at the opportunity to purchase the Great Beaver Swamp and surrounding forest, protecting one of the island's largest wetlands forever.  The Islands Trust Conservancy and Habitat Acquisition Trust hold a conservation covenant on the 18 hectare reserve, adding a second layer of permanent protection for the swamp and surrounding woodland.  The property forms a central link in a protected area network the Conservancy hopes will one day span across Galiano Island.

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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 enjoyed a quieter life surrounded by natural habitat they protected with a conservation covenant.

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Page last updated: 13/08/18
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