In our first 30 years Islands Trust Conservancy made great strides in land protection. Now in our 31st year the momentum continues. Working with people and communities, we are entrusted with protecting 107 private properties, totalling over 1,300 hectares through conservation covenants (76) and through donation as nature reserves (31).
While significant, the size and numbers of land protected tell only part of our impact story. Milestones include NAPTEP (Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program) to foster private landowner conservation protection, and the creation of the Opportunity Fund to help support our partners in their conservation effort.
Below, we highlight the other key ways we’re able to succeed in our conversation goals.
Island-Based Conservancies and Land Trusts
These are the heart of our islands’ conservation communities. Knowing that our passion is also their passion, we engage in meaningful ways to connect with others that have an interest in preserving and protecting the islands of the Salish Sea. Then we support their work. We partner with over 30 organizations in this way.
Islands Trust Conservancy encourages islanders to get involved in conserving and stewarding private land by supporting conservation education and sharing information on best practices for land care.
Nature Reserve Access
Providing visitor access to nature reserves wherever possible enhances the island community lifestyle with dedicated green spaces close at hand–we know this to be of benefit not only for physical fitness but also mental health.
Science and Research
Our guide for planning conservation on the islands. The Regional Conservation Plan 2018 – 2027 spells out conservation goals, and further research such as The Climate Projections Report for Islands Trust Area provides insight to all those with an interest in building resilience–ecological or otherwise–in the region.
Islands Trust Conservancy is reviewing current processes and policies to ensure that the work we do champions the Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Calls to Action, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), and the Province of BC’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA).
We look forward to working closely with First Nations governments to ensure that conservation reflects Indigenous ways of knowing, cultural history and heritage, sustainability and stewardship, and management.
Taking care of what we have means monitoring conserved land and managing nature reserves according to management plans that identify long-term cultural practice, conservation, and restoration goals.