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




Announcing A New Nature Reserve!

Photo by L. Matthias A new nature reserve—a forested 62-acre area near Ford Lake, including small streams flowing into the headwaters of Fulford Creek—is now in the hands of the Salt Spring Island Conservancy. The Howard Horel Nature Reserve has been created largely thanks to


A Cornucopia of Volunteers

Members and volunteers are the driving force of the Conservancy.  In 2017, over 220 volunteers donated over 6,800 hours to the Conservancy—an all-time high!  In 2017: 100 volunteers spent about 1,400 hours in workshops and trainings and supported events and nature reserve restoration. 2 volunteers—a photographer and


How to Help the Owls

Western Screech-owl. Photo by Jared Hobbs Have you heard the owls lately? On Salt Spring, you are most likely to hear the Barred Owl or the Great-horned Owl. But Salt Spring is also home to three other species of owl, which are currently considered rare


Learning with Other Land Trusts

November 15, 2017, was a blue-skyed day. It was the day that five people associated with the Salt Spring Island Conservancy travelled to downtown Victoria to attend the 3-day National Land Summit, hosted by the Land Trust Alliance of BC. Delegates from land trusts, conservancies, cities, and


Supporters Made Our Fundraiser a Success!

The Conservancy’s volunteers, supporters, and food and auction donors made our November 3rd fundraiser at ArtSpring a fantastic success. The event was centred around Stan Senner, who is vice president of bird conservation in the Pacific Flyway for the National Audubon Society―among many significant roles. Stan donated


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