Sunrise Conservation Covenant
Sidney Islanders have long come to this rocky outcrop on east Sidney Island to watch the sun rise over the North Cascade Mountains. The scenic area provides habitat for a number of uncommon plants, including desert rock purslane, slender plantain and threatened western pearlwort. Song birds greet each day in the upland forests protected by the covenant.
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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