In 2011, donations to the Opportunity Fund allowed the Islands
Trust Fund to help the Galiano Conservancy Association in its race
to purchase a 75-hectare waterfront property. The property
was listed for sale and if sold to a private landowner, would
likely have been subdivided and developed. The property
neighboured the Trincomali Nature Sanctuary, acting as a vital
buffer to the Sanctuary's cliffs and nesting bird populations.
An Opportunity Fund grant provided the Conservancy with the
funds that were vital to launching the acquisition campaign.
On February 15, 2012 the Galiano Conservancy Association announced
its purchase of the waterfront property. By securing the
property, the Conservancy now protects a forest containing
endangered ecological communities and a magnificent sculpted
sandstone foreshore. The property will also act as a venue to
expand the Conservancy's popular ecological education programs for
children from Vancouver and Victoria.
"With this purchase, the Conservancy will be able to expand its
single-day educational programs to multi-day adventures," said Ken
Millard, Director of the Galiano Conservancy Association.
"Few urban children are exposed to wild environments and a single
day on Galiano excites their love of learning and discovery."
To help us save island landscapes like this one,
please donate to the Opportunity Fund today. Your
donation will allow us to respond quickly to projects in