Ilse Leader protected the coastal bluffs and forest on her property with a conservation covenant in 2005. The bluffs are home to a colourful array of wildflowers, including white fawn lily, fairy-slipper orchids, blue-eyed mary, and red columbine. Ilse's property holds one of only 16 known occurrences of Banded Cord Moss in Canada.
Ilse believes the preservation of her property compliments her small B&B business. The covenant preserves the sensitive ecosystems thriving on 90% of her land, leaving a small excluded area where she is free to use the land without impacting the native species she shares her home with. Ilse donated the covenant through the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program, allowing her to reduce her annual property taxes in exchange for protecting natural habitat on her land.
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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