Places Protected in the Islands
After living on Retreat Island for close to a decade, Robin and
Jillian Ridington decided to take steps to make sure the island's
natural areas remained undeveloped and pristine forever.
Retreat Island hosts a glorious Garry oak meadow, with fawn lily,
death camas, chocolate lily, chickweed monkey-flower and a myriad
of other wildflowers growing amidst the trees and rocky
outcrops. Mink, river otters, alligator lizards, and Rufous
Hummingbirds live on and visit the property.
Robin and Jillian protected more than half of the island in 1999
with a conservation covenant registered to the Islands Trust Fund
and the Garry Oak Meadow Preservation Society. Shortly after,
the Ridington's donated the covenanted portion of the island to the
Galiano Conservancy Association. Now, as a nature reserve and
with the added protection of a covenant, the island is sure to
remain a natural haven for a diversity of species long into the
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.
Page last updated: 10/02/16