Ruffed Grouse Conservation Covenants


At one time, grouse were a common sight on Salt Spring Island and their mating trills could be heard in the spring.  As the human population of this island increased and natural habitat was reduced, sightings became rare.  The Ruffed Grouse Covenants protect more than 11 hectares of prime Ruffed Grouse habitat set high on a rocky ridge between St. Mary's Lake and Trincomali Channel.  The dry ridges support woodlands of arbutus and salal, with a lush forest growing along the north side.  The covenants also protect a wetland, home to endangered red-legged frogs and a likely freshwater source for grouse and other birds that visit the ridge.

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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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