A sports fisherman once dreamed of building trout ponds spanning two watersheds on his property, creating a personal fishing paradise. Now, nearly 20 years later, his ponds have turned into an oasis of a different kind - wetland marshes providing breeding habitat for a variety of birds and amphibians, including the endangered red-legged frog. The wetlands filtrate water flowing from upland neighbours, purifying the fresh water as it travels to St. Mary's Lake and McFadden Creek.
Ling Weston purchased this property in 2007 specifically to protect this marsh oasis for future generations. With the Islands Trust Conservancy, Ling protected more than 70% of the three hectare property, restricting future landowners from ever developing or filling in the wetlands. Ling 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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