Savary Island Land Trust
Please help to protect Savary's only wetland!
SILT has the opportunity to acquire lot 39 in the wetland area of
Rodgers Road and help to protect an acre of Savary’s wetland.
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The Savary Island Land Trust recently won two of four awards from
the Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia in Victoria.
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Are you a Coastal Sand Steward?
·Tread carefully and stay on designated trails in sensitive areas?
·Keep wheeled vehicles off the beach?
·Avoid playing on, digging into or sliding down dunes of sand cliffs?
·Help to stop the spread of invasive species?
If you said yes to some or all of these questions, then you are well on your way to being a Coastal Sand Steward! To join the growing group of Islanders who agree to be good neighbours to local coastal sand ecosystems, click here for your Coastal Sand Certificate. Sign it and send a copy to firstname.lastname@example.org!
A Change in Plans: Old growth and wetlands protected
Thanks to your fundraising efforts, SILT has been able to purchase lands of great ecological value, to preserve for generations to come. As we reported earlier this year, after years of fundraising for the Johnson Forest campaign, Mrs. Edna Johnson sadly passed away in September. When we learned that the Johnson family was no longer in a position to donate 4 lots to SILT, we contacted our donors to see if we could raise additional funds to purchase all 8 lots. This effort was not successful.
We are now thrilled to report that using the funds raised by the community last summer, SILT is in the midst of purchasing alternative lands with significant ecological value. The board considered 10 possible acquisition projects over the island and ultimately endorsed one project which included 5 lots, in 2 different parts of the island. Read more >>
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 don't forget to read Savary Island Stewardship: A visitor's Guide.