Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy

 See below - or to the side directly - for our new just released Fall newsletter!

Salish View Acquisition Campaign

We only need to raise another $6,000 to reach our funding goal by December 21! 

The Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy (LINC) is excited to announce that in these past two weeks we have received several significant donations toward the acquisition of Salish View. LINC's partner, The Islands Trust Conservancy, has received donations to fully match their additional $4500 matching grant.

Join the many other donors who have supported the protection of this outstanding conservation and recreational site. Please donate now so that we may crest the summit! Check out this video of the property. Thank you to the many donors who value conservation and have given so generously so far!

Donate by Mail: Send a cheque directly to either LINC General Delivery, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0 or to the Islands Trust Conservancy’s Lasqueti Acquisition Fund & receive a charitable tax receipt either way. On-line via E-transfers to linc [at] lasqueti [dot] ca or On-line: CanadaHelps.

Help us conserve this fantastic 28 acre property next to Squitty Bay park, expanding the protected areas at the south end, creating a larger ecological corridor for nature in a changing climate, protecting Species at Risk, and providing a third great hike up to a spectacular 270 degree view of the Salish Sea.  (** new drone video of the site here **

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

Fundraising Update

This summer LINC sponsored three Lasqueti Garden Tours, a dozen Salish View Hikes,and the Midsummer Night Dream dinner and auction. Combined with two grants, donations and pledges, the total amount raised for Salish View is $244,796. The community support has been tremendous. We only need $6,000 by mid-December 2018 to complete the purchase. Can you make donation today to help LINC and the Islands Trust Conservancy acquire Salish View?

It’s not very often small communities like Lasqueti have an opportunity to preserve a property with so many natural amenities for public benefit. Salish View offers stunning 270-degree vistas of our marine environment, an easy walk through an endangered old growth forest, and it protects the ecological integrity of Squitty Bay Provincial Marine Park & a salmon bearing stream. Perhaps most importantly, it mitigates climate change and provides more habitat for species to adapt. By donating to Salish View you are acting directly to help protect our environment for the future.

- 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)


 

In April, the Islands Trust Conservancy Board agreed to partner with LINC on this acquisition! This enables LINC to receive funding from a Lasqueti Island Acquisition Fund set aside many years ago. It also means that the long-term protection of the property will be in the hands of both Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy and the Islands Trust Conservancy Board. Our agreement requires that a conservation covenant be held by LINC, with ownership to go to the Trust Fund Board upon closing. This is exactly the same relationship we have on Mt. Trematon and the Osland Nature Reserve.

Please contribute to the conservation of Salish View by:

  • Mail: Send a cheque directly to either LINC General Delivery, Lasqueti Island, BC V0R 2J0 or to the Islands Trust Conservancy’s Lasqueti Acquisition Fund & receive a charitable tax receipt either way.
  • Pledge over $350: we will call you in later November to fulfill your generous pledge.
  • On-line: you can donate through Canada Helps a national charitable giving organization
  • Tell your Friends: commit to raise a certain amount through your friends, family and acquaintances who love Lasqueti, who might love to help protect biodiversity and know once it is protected they can hike to the fantastic view on a publicly accessible trail;
  • Transfer a Security: transfer a security which enables the donor to eliminate their capital gains tax normally charged on the sale of a security
  • Once a month donation: you can commit to give a monthly or bi-monthly donation - up to any total you can afford. One donor has done this for $100 up to $500!

The owners have signed the Purchase and Sale Agreement donating 70k off the appraised value. This agreement closes on December 21, 2018.

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!
 
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: Andrew Fall
Secretary/Treasurer: Sheila Harrington
at large: Sheila Ray, Bonnie Olesko, Barb Brooks, Wendy Schneible, Hilary Duinker

 

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.