Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy

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Salish View Acquisition Campaign

The Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy (LINC) is delighted to announce that we have reached our fundraising goal of $250,000 by Dec 21st to acquire the Salish View property. LINC is so grateful for all the support we received to acquire Salish View. With personal donations ranging from $10 to $10,000, over 150 neighbours, friends and conservation supporters contributed to the project. The Islands Trust Conservancy, ITC, our partner in the long term protection of the site, assisted with a matching grant and accepting new donations to add to the Lasqueti Acquisition Fund. Substantial grants from the Sitka Foundation, The Clayden family and Climate Change and Environment Canada came at a critical times in the process. A key factor in the success of the project was the original generosity of the landowners who agreed to donate 20% off the appraised fair market value to kick-start the fundraising. A huge thanks goes to all of you who generously contributed to the success of Salish View!

Over the next few months, LINC and the Islands Trust Conservancy will be finalizing subdivision and transfer of the property from the current owners to a new nature reserve. The conservation of this outstanding 11.6 hectare (28-acre) property will extend the protection of Squitty Bay Provincial Marine Park from the seashore to the ridegtop, offer a public hiking trail through a rare old growth Douglas -fir grove, protect additional habitat for species at risk, and sequester carbon, mitigating climate change. We will be inviting our generous donors to a public event which will take place later in the spring to celebrate our successful conservation of Salish View!  

Check out this video of the property. Thank you to the many donors who value conservation and have given so generously!

You can help us with restoration of this and other protected lands on Lasqueti. Donate by Mail: Send a cheque directly to LINC General Delivery, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0  On-line via E-transfers to linc [at] lasqueti [dot] ca.

The key attributes of the property are:

  • located in the Coastal Douglas-fir Biogeoclimatic Zone (CDFmm), one of the most biologically diverse and endangered ecosystems in British Columbia and Canada. Only 1% is left relatively intact!
  • next to Squitty Bay Park – expanding this protected area up to the height of land
  • links the mountain to the sea – protecting the watershed of Wamer creek, one of 3 salmon bearing streams on Lasqueti

- a Midsummer Night to Remember!  

Midsummer Night's Dream Dinner, Auction and Dance Band raised an outstanding $20,000 August 25th

Thanks to this amazing group of Lasquetians and friends, we raised apx. $20,000 toward the acquisition of Salish View on this magical night!

" From the cocktails and appys to the fairies to the decor to the dinner and wine to the stage setup to the music, it was such a highlight! Thank you so much for all the care that has gone into the fundraising for Salish View. Definitely feel the heart in the garden tours and Saturday night’s event. I have never felt such a perfect fit in the choice of entertainment. It felt like a family party, almost. So thanks again for all your energies!" (Josie Martens)


 

Join us for a guided hike to the property by arrangement.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy        General Delivery Lasqueti Island BC V0R 2J0

linc [at] lasqueti [dot] ca       250-333-8754         

 

Send your cheque to Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy or LINC, GD, Lasqueti island BC V0R 2J0. Go to our facebook page to find out more!

"The addition of this area to the protected land at the South end of Lasqueti would be of particular significance in that it would extend the protected areas to the local height of land, creating a nearly contiguous corridor of protected ecosystems from seashore to ridgetop." (K. Lertzman)

EVENTS:

Guided hike to Salish View - call Gordon 333 - 8754.

Protected Areas on Lasqueti:

Mt. Trematon Nature Reserve: owned by the Islands Trust Fund, donated by the Gordon family, and as of July 2013, LINC and the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust (NALT) registered a conservation covenant on the property. Now we now have a local voice on management and protection of this wonderful site! 
 

Osland Nature Reserve, owned by the Islands Trust Fund, donated by Johnny Osland, and as of the fall of 2014, LINC and the Nanaimo and Area Land Trust registered a conservation covenant on the site.  

Kwell Nature Reserve, owned by the Islands Trust Fund, with a covenant held by NALT & TLC.

There is also the Ecological Reserve on the southeastern side of the island, plus a number of outer islands including the Finnerties, Fegans and Jedidiah nearby! 

Lasqueti Island, Conserving this Special PlaceCheck out our Booklet and find out about the many conservation options available to help conserve this Special Place!  

Read the full report: Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change through the Conservation of Nature, by Richard Hebda and Sara J Wilson. 

Forage Fish: 

Forage Fish on Lasqueti Island - learn about this important fish that feeds our chinook and many other marine creatures!
Shorelines & forage fish poster
Shorelines poster (for Pender, but relevant here)
 
Here are the maps that show the forage fish confirmed and suitable beaches on Lasqueti for forage fish spawning:
Suitable Beaches for Forage Fish
Confirmed forage fish beaches on Lasqueti 
Overview of Suitable Beaches for forage fish with 8 pages of details (by Ramona DeGraf
 
Lasqueti Island Forage Fish Team (LIFFT) wins Islands Trust Fund's 2013 Stewardship Award!
 

Annual Reports: 

* LINC's 2017-18 Annual Report

* LINC's 2016-17 Annual Report

* LINC's 2015-16 Annual Report

Newsletters:

Fall 2018:  (Birds in Winter, Update on fencing at Osland Reserve, Salish View Opp.) 

Summer 2018: (Lasqueti's Forests - a rarity, The Value of Trees, Salish View - some answers to common questions)

Spring 2018: (Sentinals of our Coast - Breat Blue Herons, Christmas Bird Count, Fundraising for Salish View!)

Fall 2017 Newsletter: (How Healthy are Lasqueti's Forests, Beach Clean up) 

Summer 2017 Newsletter: (Sea Grass Studies, Species at Risk on Lasqueti, Forage Fish Map)
 
Spring 2017 Newsletter: (Christmas bird count, Las. Is. Forage Fish Team, Beavers & their habitat on the Gulf Islands, more on bats)

 

Fall 2016 Newsletter: (We've Got Bats, Squitty Bay Day, microplastics and clean up of our oceans ...

Summer, 2016: (Forage Fish Matters, Watching & Conserving Butterflies, Got Bats?)

Spring, 2016: (Herring - A Troubling Trajectory,  Pollinators, Christmas Bird Count)

Fall, 2015: (Alligator Lizards, Mt Trematon protection)

Summer, 2015: (Sea Stars, 2014-15 Annual Report, Osland Nature Reserve)

Spring, 2015: (Newts & Pacific Chorus Frogs, Osland Nature Reserve, Spring Birds)

Winter, 2014: (Christmas Bird Count, 2014 Report, Protection with a Conservation Covenant) 

Summer, 2014: (Western Purple Martin, Herring in the Bay) 

Spring, 2014: (Rigid Apple Moss SAR, Map of protected areas on Lasqueti, Crown lands)

Fall, 2013: (introductory issue, why conservation, projects & achievements to date)

Green Legacies Guide for BC - case studies, and financial details on donating land, money, or other gifts.
 
LINC wins Islands Trust Fund's 2008 Stewardship Award
 

The purposes of the society are:

1. To preserve and protect the environment by acquiring interests in land in order to conserve its natural features for the benefit of the public.

2.  To advance education by providing lectures, workshops and written materials to the public on the topic of conservation of the environment.

Current Directors:

President: Gordon Scott
Vice-President: Wendy Schneible
Secretary/Treasurer: Sheila Harrington
at large: Sheila Ray,  Barb Brooks, Hilary Duinker, Susan Morrison

 

Society members and many residents and visitors to Lasqueti helped with the successful Squitty Bay acquisition campaign in 2007.

LINC was incorporated in 2007 as a non-profit society in BC.

In 2012 we received charitable status BN: 848485595 RR0001.

LINC receives donations of land, money and volunteer time. Please contact us if you would like to consider putting LINC in your Will.