Lasqueti Island Nature Conservancy

 See below for content - or to the side directly - for our thrice annual newsletters!

Upcoming Events:

January 18th -  work party to help reduce invasive spurge laurel. Meet at the South end Fire hall - 10:00 am - 2:00 pm or so. Refreshments will be supplied. Call Izzy to offer to help and be counted for lunch: 250-333-8754.

February - tbd - films to inspire conservation and love of nature and share warm time together.

March 29th - Annual General Meeting and hike. 

April:  Join us for a walk and talk with Barb Beasley - a member of the national Council on Species at Risk for a rare species found on Vancouver Island. Barb is a warm and friendly ecologist, naturalist and guide. She will be talking about Amphibians found on Vancouver Island, how to protect them as they migrate, how to protect them more long term, and other exciting topics about nature! Keep tuned for more details soon.

 

NEWS

NEW Fall 2019 LINC Newtletter here: Wild Species Protected at Salish View, Bigleaf Maple, Canada Thistle, Update on Bats, and A Huge thank you to all plus Thank you Poster to donors for Salish VIew

Press releaseSalish View Protected!

Squitty Bay Day: We had a wonderful time on Squitty Bay Day this year, celebrating our successful acquisition of Salish View and listening to the awesome sounds of Makeke Marimba!

Annual Report from our AGM - Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Saturday April 20th we had a growing membership attend our AGM, where we reviewed our Strategic Plan for the next 3 years. After, we hiked up to Magic Mtn. Thank you to all who attended, and the Magic Mtn. Coop for letting us on their private land to hike to this spectacular view spot.

Salish View Acquisition Campaign - a success!

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!. 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.


Green Legacies Guide for BC - case studies, and financial details on donating land, money, or other gifts.

Donate Now Through CanadaHelps.org!

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

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

LINC is a member of the American Friends of Canadian Conservation (AFCC) info [at] conservecanada [dot] org, phone number is 360-515-7171. "All of us at American Friends look forward to working with you in the future to increase donations from US taxpayers who care about your special part of Canada, and to protect strategic properties that they own!"

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!

Protected Areas on Lasqueti:

Salish View 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.

Mt. Trematon Nature Reserve: owned by the Islands Trust Conservancy, donated by a local family, 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 Conservancy, 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 Conservancy, 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 2018-19 Annual Report

* LINC's 2017-18 Annual Report

* LINC's 2016-17 Annual Report

* LINC's 2015-16 Annual Report

Newsletters:

Summer 2019: (The Western toads of Lasqueti Island, Native & Invasive Plants (Oceanspray & Yellow Flag Iris), Leithen M'Gonigle's Bee Talk, Conservation Options)

Spring 2019: (Climate Change and What we can Do, Bird Count & other Citizen Science, Salish View update)

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)

 
 
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: Sheila Ray
Vice-President: Wendy Schneible
Secretary/Treasurer: Sheila Harrington
at large: Gordon Scott, Barb Brooks, Hilary Duinker, Jordan Barton, Aigul Kukoly, Ken Lertzman

 

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.