Dragonfly Pond Conservation Covenant
These freshwater ponds, originally created for fire protection on Sidney Island, have grown into a significant habitat area for birds and amphibians. Different varieties of ducks and seabirds such as Hooded Mergansers and Great Blue Heron come to the ponds to clean saltwater off their wings.
The Sidney Island conservation covenants, eight in all, protect 53 hectares of the island's most fragile ecosystems. The creation of the covenants coincided with a subdivision of nearby land for development and sustainable forestry. In creating the covenants, the landowners wanted to achieve balance in their community, by protecting special areas on the island while making it possible to selectively harvest the forest and build houses. With most of the covenants along the shoreline, the protected areas ensure the natural beauty of Sidney Island - as seen from the water by sailors and kayakers - will remain forever.
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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