Places Protected in the Islands
Larry Appleby of Salt Spring Island permanently protected his private land on Old Divide Road with a Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program (NAPTEP) covenant in 2014. The 0.8 hectare property features a Coastal Douglas-fir forest, a disappearing ecosystem in great need of conservation throughout the islands in the Salish Sea.
A unique feature of Mr. Appleby’s forest is that it is enclosed by a fence, which protects it from grazing deer. Increasingly, biologists are concerned about the effects of overbrowsing by burgeoning deer populations on plants and young trees in the Gulf Islands. This already fenced area may provide an interesting study plot in the future. The Salt Spring Island Conservancy co-holds the NAPTEP covenant with the Islands Trust Fund.
Mr. Appleby donated the covenant through the Natural Area Protection Tax Exemption Program, allowing him to reduce his annual property taxes in exchange for protecting natural habitat on his land.
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