Bob and Fran Rose's love affair with their land started more than twenty years ago when they first purchased their North Pender property. Even before work started on their house, Bob and Fran worked to create a sanctuary for native species, pulling the scotch broom that had invaded the Garry oak meadow. Today, the Roses are delighted by the camas, fairy-slippers, buttercups and blue-eyed Mary that carpet the meadow where the broom once stood.
In 2011, the Roses protected the natural area on their property with a conservation covenant. As well as the meadow, the covenant protects a grove of Garry oak and a forest of veteran Douglas-firs, arbutus, bigleaf maples, and western redcedar.
"We were inspired to protect our land by other families on Pender Island who've been doing the same," said Fran. "Realizing the development pressures that exist on the island, we're reassured that by registering the covenant we are protecting the natural habitat on our property from being broken up or built on in the future."
The Roses donated the Garry Oak Conservation Covenant through the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program.