Protecting and enhancing the natural values of Salt Spring Island and its surrounding waters




Art & Nature Fest: A Success!

Last summer, the Conservancy’s hosted a 3-day Art & Nature Fest at Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, which many of you attended. It was an overwhelming community effort and success! Well over 1100 people drifted in throughout the three days and learned about our work, many of whom


Celebrating the 110-Acre Blackburn Protected Area!

Over the past 5 years, the Conservancy has gradually stitched together the protection of 110 acres around beautiful Blackburn Lake.  It’s a success story that we are very proud of. Just this July, we were able to add 6 acres on title to the Blackburn Lake Nature


A Fond Farewell to Susan Dann

At the end of September, the Conservancy’s Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator, Susan Dann, retired, and we’ll really miss her cheerful and hard-working presence.  Susan worked for the Conservancy for about 8 years, initially as the office coordinator. She played a huge role in the development and growing


Greening the Greens: Restoring Wetlands on a Former Golf Course

Twenty-five volunteers helped to plant 11,500 native plants over 4 days! This fall, the Conservancy restored another fairway (about 1 ha) at the former golf course at Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve, building new wetlands to increase wildlife habitat. Tom Biebighauser, wildlife biologist and wetland ecologist,


Wetland Work!

We are working on a new wetland on Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve. The excavation work is done, the mulching is under way and soon our new plants from our Native Plants Nursery will go out into the riparian area. It is very exciting work, and we are always looking for more volunteers to help us.



Thanks to the many volunteers who got muddy with us in October! Together we planted 3000 + native plants and trees in the new wetlands at the Blackburn Lake Nature Reserve. Did you know? Wetlands are nature’s water purifiers – we’re taking direct action to keep Blackburn and Cusheon lakes healthy!