We have a one-time opportunity to purchase the Heart of the Island, DL 1375, and protect up to 350 acres from subdivision.
Savary is one of the most ecologically sensitive of all the Islands in the Strait of Georgia, and yet it is under the most pressure from potential development.
Savary is subdivided into over 1,500 small lots giving it a lot density nine times greater than Bowen Island and 20 times greater than Denman Island. In the last 20 years, development has more than tripled on Savary making preservation of the remaining sensitive areas and greenspaces increasingly important.
Together DL 1375 and Lots 35 and 36 comprise 350 acres of the last undivided tracts of land on Savary Island. These lots feature the greatest remaining example of dunes within the rare Coastal Douglas-Fir biogeoclimatic zone (CDF) and one of the best examples of coastal sand dunes in Canada. The Heart of the Island is also home to some old forest greater than 250 years old and mature second growth forest greater than 80 years old; the area too holds the largest groundwater recharge zone on Savary.
With over 12,000 feet of waterfront and the only trail network on Savary Island, these 350 acres are a must to protect.
The land is currently owned 50% undivided interest by The Nature Trust of BC and 50% undivided interest by the Sahlin family. The Nature Trust of BC, with the support of the Savary Island Land Trust, have been negotiating with the Sahlin family over several years in the hopes of coming to an agreement whereby the parcel would be kept intact and free of development.
In December 2017, “Friends of Savary DL 1375”, a group comprised of Savary Islanders including Peter Armstrong, John O’Neill, and Kip Woodward, successfully secured an agreement to purchase the remaining land in DL 1375 from the Sahlin family.
To make this dream a reality, $4 million is needed.
SILT, together with the Friends of Savary 1375, are leading the Save the Heart of Savary campaign. The Nature Trust of BC will use the donations to purchase the Sahlin Family's 50% interest and to fund future land management.
THE GOOD NEWS:
To date, $3 million in funds have been raised. We need your help to raise the remaining $1 million.
As a community, we need to come together now and help raise the rest.
Imagine a legacy for our children that will Save the Heart of Savary now and forever.
WAYS TO DONATE
Cheque, Credit Card or Securities FAQs
Who do I make out my cheque to? The Nature Trust of BC, #260–1000 Roosevelt Crescent, North Vancouver, BC V7P 3R4 FOR: Save the Heart of Savary Campaign
Can I donate by credit card? Yes, you can call The Nature Trust of BC toll free at 1-866-288-7878 and provide your credit card number.
Can I donate securities? Yes, you can donate publicly listed securities such as stocks, bonds and mutual funds to The Nature Trust of BC.
A form is available at www.naturetrust.bc.ca/our-givings/giftspublicly-listed-stocks or call toll free 1-866-288-7878 for more information.
What is the deadline to donate? Donations need to be received by March 30, 2018. The Nature Trust of BC will hold the donations in trust until the property transaction is completed.
Do I get a tax receipt and from whom? The Nature Trust of BC will issue tax receipts for funds received.
How much of my donation will be reimbursed to me as a tax credit? Your tax credit may entitle you to receive as much as 53% of your donation back at tax time. Calculate your tax credit here: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/tax-time/
Can I make my donation to SILT directly? Yes, SILT will transfer all direct donations for the Heart of the Island Campaign to the Nature Trust of BC. To donate via SILT directly, send cheques to: Savary Island Land Trust, Box 141, Lund, BC V0N 2G0
What happens if the last $1M doesn’t get raised by the deadline? Now is the time many have waited for, the time to think about all of our Savary memories, talk with our families and donate generously to the Island we all love so much.
If sufficient funds are not raised by the March 30th deadline, we may miss the opportunity to preserve this crucial land for future generations.
Will there be any permanent recognition of major contributors on either DL 1375 or the Island? Yes, SILT and Friends of Savary 1375 are working with The Nature Trust of BC on suitable recognition.
For more information, contact:
John O’Neill, Friends of Savary 1375 604 250 1651
Peter Armstrong, Friends of Savary 1375 604 606 7383
Liz Webster, SILT 604 414 7291
Deb Kennedy, The Nature Trust of BC 1 866 288 7878