Stewardship Education

Islands Trust and Islands Trust Conservancy offers programming to help the public preserve and protect the islands in the Islands Trust Area. 

This program includes mailing new property owners with information on land protection and stewardships tips, providing island-specific information on services, and hosting webinars.

2023 Webinars

2023 Trust Area Forest Classification, Health and Significance

In June 2023, trustees received a training session on forest classifications, forest health and significance of forests in the Islands Trust Area.

Watch the recording

2023 Islands Trust Conservancy Speaker Series

Islands Trust Conservancy’s Species At Risk Program hosted digital events from February 16 – April 12, 2023. For more information, visit Species At Risk Program.

2022 Webinars

Wells & Groundwater Licensing in the Trust Area

Date & Time

February 3, 2022, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

A recording of the webinar is available here.


Julia Berardinucci (Water Strategies and Conservation, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy) and Cali Melnechenko (Water Authorizations Section Head, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development) profiled:

  • the importance of the March 1, 2022 deadline to apply for a water licence,
  • and provided local context to the risks of not applying.

Recording & Resources

2020 Climate Change Speaker Series

Eelgrass: A Climate Hero

Date & Time

November 24, 2020, 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm


Aimee McGowan, Victoria Postlethwaite, and Nikki Wright profiled:

  • the ecosystem contribution of eelgrass 
  • what we can do to protect and restore this important plant.

Recording & Resources

Ecosystem-based Adaptation

Date & Time

October 27, 2020, 6:30 – 8:00 pm


Tine Rossing, Ecolibrio Consulting, and Ruth Waldick, Ecological Research Network, profiled:

  • impacts of climate change on the Islands Trust Area
  • how nature can help people adapt to climate change by working with, rather than against, the local ecosystem
  • why a healthy ecosystem is necessary for human well-being.

Recording & Resources

Rainwater Harvesting

Date & Time

September 29, 2020, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm


William Shulba, Islands Trust, and Shannon Cowan, Salt Spring Island Watershed Protection Alliance, profiled:

  • climate impacts on water sustainability
  • showcased rainwater harvesting systems
  • provided a tour of different types of rainwater harvesting systems

Recording & Resources


Through this program, Islands Trust mails new property owners with information on land protection and stewardships tips for building and renovating, along with a list of frequently-requested contacts for government and other services. New materials created for this project include:

Trust Area Stewardship Tips Guide
Islands Trust Brochure
Groundwater Conservation Brochure
Land-use Planning Information and Contact Sheet

12 Local Trust Area Government Services Lists:

A Place In The Islands was produced in 2007 to provide information to people who are new to living in the Islands Trust Area and the San Juan Islands.