We live in one of the rarest natural areas in Canada: the Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem. This ecosystem is located in a narrow strip of low-lying land along the southeastern coast of Vancouver Island, the Gulf Islands, and parts of the Lower Mainland and Sunshine Coast.
On Salt Spring Island, about 75% of the land is privately owned. That means private landowners have a vital part in preserving this rare ecosystem. To be a steward is to care for something of value. Land stewardship is about protecting the natural features and species we have on our land and restoring habitat that has been altered.