Savary Island Land Trust
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» As you may remember, December was our deadline to acquire the Johnson Forest. The Island-wide fundraising campaign was very successful, thanks to all the volunteers, donors and organizers. We have raised $243,000 to date, a significant percentage of the $265,000 goal. However, there have been some setbacks. READ MORE >>
Help save a 2.5 acres waterfront forest on Savary Island. The Johnson family owns 8 undeveloped lots near Mermaid Rock and the "Sand Trail" at Henderson Rd and has kindly offered to donate 4 of these lots to SILT, if we can raise the funds to buy the other 4. Thanks to all of our donors, we have raised $243,000, and are very close to reaching our goal of $265,000. Johnson Forest map >>
Please consider a pledge or donation to the Johnson Forest in your
charitable plans for this year. Donors may contribute by mail, or online, as
a onetime gift or monthly. SILT may receive pledges, cash donations and or
publicly listed securities (including stocks, bonds and mutual funds).
Donations of publicly listed securities to charitable organizations receive
the charitable donations tax credit. In addition to this, such donations to
are 100% exempt from capital gains. Email email@example.com for more information.
Let's do this together for Savary!
>> Read our latest newsletter: Keep Savary Green - Donate to the Johnson Forest - Save the DL1375 Trail Network <<
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.
Help us to save a Mid Island Forest for present and future generations.