When SILT was established in 1997, there was no protected land on Savary Island.
We began with the goal of preserving the last undivided and undeveloped wilderness on Savary, DL 1375.
Over the past 21 years we have acquired 20 lots for protection and have helped to protect over 350 acres in the heart of Savary Island.
SILT is a non-profit registered charity with over 325 members. SILT is dedicated to the preservation of natural areas and biological diversity on Savary island now and forever. We believe in clean water, wildlife, wilderness and access to greenspace.
SILT was established in 1997, when the dream to preserve the last undivided and undeveloped wilderness on Savary (DL1375) was born. The land was under threat of subdivision and development as a 90 unit gated community by Bellingham developers. Research determined that the land contained rare and endangered plants and plant communities and was one of the best examples of intact coastal dune ecology in Canada, in fact a national treasure. SILT began to look for ways to preserve the land and worked with Federal and Provincial governments to secure resources to purchase it.
In 2000, SILT approached the Nature Trust of BC for assistance and in 2002, the Nature Trust of BC, the Province of BC, the Government of Canada and private donors made possible the purchase of a 50% undivided interest in DL 1375 and title to 13 adjoining parcels.
Since 2002, the Nature Trust of BC has tried to purchase the remaining 50% interest from developer Mr. Roger Sahlin in order to preserve this Savary treasure forever.
After more than 21 years, the Heart of the Island DL 1375 was purchase and preserved forever in 2018.
What We've Achieved
Through the generous contributions of our donors, and the dedication of our members and volunteers, over the past 21 years we have acquired 20 lots for protection and have been involved in the acquisition and preservation of 350 acres of land on Savary Island.
Savary Island is the most ecologically sensitive of all the Islands in the Strait of Georgia, and yet it is under the most pressure from potential development. It is subdivided into over 1710 small lots, giving it a lot density nine times greater than Bowen Island and 20 times greater than Denman.
In the last 10 years development has doubled on Savary. This makes preserving sensitive areas and green places in island neighbourhoods increasingly important. We are very thankful for the visionary thinking of our donors and all who contribute to the preservation of the island. Together we are making a difference.