Treetop Conservation Covenant


Treetop Covenant protects a Douglas-fir and salal forest and mossy rock outcrops areas.  The property was once selectively logged during the 1940s to 1980s.  Today, its trees are maturing to support a diversity of birds moving back and forth from the forest to the sea.  The protected area shelters Howell's montia - an at-risk plant species known for its beautiful spring flowers. 

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.

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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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