Salt Spring Island Conservancy
Our Impact Why We Exist
The Salt Spring Island Conservancy protects and enhances the natural values of the island and its surrounding waters by acquiring land or covenants, and by educating landholders and the public toward improved land and water stewardship.
Our Story What We Do
The Salt Spring Island Conservancy (SSIC) was formed to help the community preserve natural habitats on Salt Spring Island and in surrounding waters. Its core functions are acquiring and managing ecologically valuable land, holding conservation covenants, public education, and helping landowners carefully steward their properties.
The SSIC became a registered society in December 1994. Since then, we have helped buy or protect over 3,900 acres on Salt Spring Island. In the process, we have built strong partnerships with other conservation groups and government agencies.
We were the first conservancy in BC eligible to hold conservation covenants and we now hold 16 conservation covenants, protecting 793 acres. SSIC was also the first conservancy in BC to preserve a watershed with a covenant and we now hold covenants on two important Salt Spring Island watersheds: Maxwell Lake & St. Mary’s Lake.
We currently own 7 nature reserves, totaling 694 acres.
Our Programs How We Do It
Our functions are:
- holding conservation covenants
- acquiring ecologically valuable land
- helping landowners become good stewards of their own land
- public education
- Stewards in Training school program — offered free to over 700 Salt Spring Island students in grades K – 8. Every year they spend a day at one of the island’s natural places, engaged in hands-on learning about local ecosystems, supported by over 50 community volunteers.
- Public education events and workshops — a variety of events each year that highlight natural history and ecological issues.
- Habitat Stewardship program — Targeting over 90 Species at Risk on Salt Spring Island, our successful ongoing stewardship program continues to protect rare species and their habitats through habitat protection, surveys and monitoring, human impact mitigation, outreach and education, and habitat improvement and enhancement measures.
What You Can Do
Additional financial support would allow the Salt Spring Island Conservancy to continue the often extensive and complicated negotiations with landowners interested in options for land conservation of their properties, resulting in increased habitat protection on Salt Spring Island.