Fundraising Update: $179,197 raised, $20,833 more needed by Aug. 29 to save an acre of Savary forest

We are excited to share the latest in our efforts to acquire land for conservation on Savary Island.

Thanks to those who attended our fundraiser, Savarystock on Saturday July 27, where we launched the SAVE THIS FOREST CAMPAIGN. 

This acre of forest land at 1306 Savary Island Road will help protect a Red-listed (highest risk) ecological community and will also protect additional elements of the Coastal Douglas Fir biogeoclimatic zone, and preserve some wildness on the Savary Island Road.  Many enjoy this walk or ride through the forest.

To save this forest, we needed to raise $200,000.  The good news is that by working with the neighbourhood and other donors over the last few months, we raised $160,000 towards the purchase.  Savarystock auctions raised another $19,167 towards the SAVE THIS FOREST CAMPAIGN.  

We are very close to reaching the goal to protect this acre forever. I hope you will consider a donation. 

We still need another $20,833. by August 29 to complete this deal. 

Donations are tax deductible and may be made by cheque to SILT Box 141, Lund, BC V0N 2G0. 

Donations may be made at the SILT Tent at the Savary Island Farmers Market on Tuesdays.

You may donate online at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/14447 

Choose our Land Acquisition Fund to help us acquire this forest and preserve 1 more acre of Savary.

You may donate Securities through our Direct Investment account at the Royal Bank of Canada.

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Community Steps Up to Save the Heart of Savary Island

June 4. 2018

News Release  |  North Vancouver, BC— The Nature Trust of British Columbia is delighted to announce that the “Heart of Savary” is protected.

The “Heart of Savary” is 350 acres in the centre of Savary Island, a northern Gulf Island between Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. It features one of the best examples of coastal sand dunes in Canada and provides habitat for two at-risk plants: Grey Beach Peavine and Contorted-pod Evening-primrose.

Sixteen years ago The Nature Trust of BC acquired a 50% interest in this land with support from the provincial government. Now with the Friends of Savary DL 1375 and the Savary Island Land Trust (SILT), we have been able to acquire the remaining 50% interest. (Officially registered as District Lot 1375 and Lots 35 and 36.)

“Thanks to the Friends of Savary DL 1375, the Savary Island Land Trust and all the people who donated to make this project possible. We are overwhelmed by their generosity and enthusiasm for land conservation,” said Dr. Jasper Lament, CEO of The Nature Trust of BC. “Together we are creating a legacy for future generations.”

This “Heart of Savary” is also home to some old forest and second growth forest, and is the largest groundwater recharge area on the island.

“SILT is thrilled to see the Heart of Savary protected after more than 20 years of working towards this goal. We are grateful for the support of the Friends of Savary who made this opportunity possible, and to John Nichol and Dick Whittall whose donation in 2002 was pivotal to starting the process,” said Liz Webster, Executive Director of SILT. “As a small land trust, we are thankful for the many donors who contributed to this campaign. The incredible generosity is a testimony to how much people love this island.”

“Over 175 Savary Island residents donated $3.5 million and a land management endowment through the Friends of Savary and SILT to make this happen. It was truly a community effort,” said John O’Neill of the Friends of Savary DL 1375, a group of volunteers who led the negotiations to acquire the land for The Nature Trust of BC.

The Nature Trust of British Columbia is a leader in land conservation in the province. We conserve and care for BC’s most critical natural habitats for vulnerable wildlife and plants. Since 1971 we have protected more than 175,000 acres (71,000 hectares) with our partners.

See the press release on the BC Nature Trust website: https://www.naturetrust.bc.ca/news/community-steps-up-to-save-the-heart-of-savary-island

 

Liz Webster named to the Canada 150 Land Trust Honour Roll!

SILT's own Executive Director, Liz Webster, was named to the Canada 150 Land Trust Honor Roll!

Twenty British Columbians have been named to the Canada 150 Land Trust Honour Roll in celebration of the Land Trust Alliance of British Columbia’s 20th Anniversary. 

Liz was #7 on the Honour Roll:

"7. Liz Webster, Savary Island: Liz has been instrumental in community education and leading the Savary Island Land Trust to achieve significant success conserving land on Savary Island."

Congratulations and thank you, Liz! 

Read the full news release here: http://conservancy.bc.ca/2017/06/canada-150-land-trust-honour-roll-recognizes-tlc-board-member-briony-penn/