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S A V A R Y S T O C K is coming -- mark your calendars for July 29th!
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This year we are celebrating our 20th birthday...in 20 years we have acquired 20 lots for protection and have been involved in the acquisition of 200 acres on Savary. When we started in 1997 there was no protected land on Savary.


Pledge to Save the Wild Heart of Savary Island (click for pledge form)

Click for the posterAt last, 20 years since SILT’s inception, we have an exciting update on DL 1375.

SILT was contacted by Mr. Sahlin’s representative, Wayne Schwandt in early July, to let us know that he was planning to meet with the Nature Trust of BC with a proposal that would meet the objectives of the Nature Trust, SILT and the Sahlin family.  At our AGM on August 1, The Nature Trust of BC Advisory Committee Member, Doug Christopher, explained that The Nature Trust (TNT) is in the early stages of negotiating to acquire DL 1375. Mr. Sahlin will keep a portion of the land for his family. Savary Islanders Peter Armstrong and John O’Neill have been working with TNT to put a deal together and negotiations with Mr. Sahlin are ongoing. Funds will need to be raised, an estimated $6 million or more. SILT has been asked to raise at least $1 million while the Nature Trust pursues funding of its own.  After more than 20 years, the opportunity to protect the heart of Savary is here.  Thanks to everyone who supported SILT over those years.  Pledges towards the project may be made using this pledge form,  by contacting SILT at silts@telus.net or at the SILT Tent at the Farmers Market Tuesdays 11-1. Download the poster here >>

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The Savary Island Land Trust Society (SILT) was established to preserve and protect natural areas and biological diversity on Savary Island for present and future generations. SILT was incorporated as a society in the Province of British Columbia on October 21, 1997 and received registered charity status with Revenue Canada on June 2, 1998.

SILT has a growing membership of 325.  We believe in clean water, wildlife, wilderness and access to greenspace. SILT is dedicated to the preservation of natural areas and biological diversity on Savary island now and forever. Through generous donations, SILT has received eleven gifts of land (14 acres) on Savary Island. SILT was established in 1997, when the dream to preserve the last undivided and undeveloped wilderness on Savary (DL1375) also known as the “Trillium Lands”  was born. The 330 acre parcel was under threat of subdivision and development as a 90 unit gated community by Bellingham developers. Research determined that the land contained rare and endangered plants and plant communities and was one of the best examples of intact coastal dune ecology in Canada, in fact a national treasure. SILT began to look for ways to preserve the land and worked with Federal and Provincial governments to secure resources to purchase it. In 2000, SILT approached the Nature Trust of BC for assistance and in 2002, the Nature Trust of BC, the Province of BC, the Government of Canada and private donors made possible the purchase of a 50% undivided interest in DL 1375 and title to 13 adjoining parcels.

Since 2002, the Nature Trust of BC has tried to purchase the remaining 50% interest from developer Mr. Roger Sahlin in order to preserve this Savary treasure forever. Recently Mr. Sahlin took the Nature Trust to court under the Partition Act and a decision subdividing the land was made in February 2010. In April 2010, the Nature Trust of BC and SILT joined forces to appeal the court decision and save the last Savary wilderness. Learn More >>

Please use this website to keep up with our latest news and what's happening with the Heart of the Island, DL1375.

Please don't forget to read Savary Island Stewardship: A visitor's Guide.

Savary at sunset