Places Protected in the Islands
Karl Bachmann knew his land on Gabriola Island was
special. Hidden away in the mature woodland forest were
boulders and sandstone deposits left from the last Ice Age.
Arbutus and Douglas-fir trees stood tall on the site, and salal,
vanilla leaf and trailing blackberry created a rich, green
understory. Karl wanted to make sure this woodland would
never be lost. In 2005, he protected the natural area of his
property with a conservation covenant, leaving aside a small area
containing his house and gardens. The covenant is co-held
with the Gabriola Land and Trails Trust.
In 2010, Karl recruited the help of the Islands Trust Fund to
revise his covenant to fit NAPTEP (the Natural
Area Protection Tax Exemption Program), giving him a 65%
exemption on his annual property taxes. Now, his land remains
protected while he enjoys extra savings in exchange.
The Steils and the Steil's Woods Covenant
After more than 50 years immersed in the hustle and bustle of the lower mainland, Sara and Richard Steil now enjoy a quieter life surrounded by natural habitat they protected with a conservation covenant.
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