Imogen Farren and Ali Chappel purchased their land last year and fell in love with their little piece of paradise. They love the view and feel on top of the world. They can watch the changing sea and sky all day and won’t encounter another person if they choose not to. In the summer evenings, they appreciate watching the aerial courtship displays of Common Nighthawk and feeding bats.
Imogen and Ali live in Chilliwack but are dreaming of a time when they can move permanently to Salt Spring Island. They have been building a tiny home and plan to spend many blissful weekends on the land. One day they will build their dream home but for now they imagine a future with kids who will enjoy exploring the forest and making forts on the property.
Imogen is a wildlife biologist by trade and no stranger to spending time outside observing nature. Ali works as a civil engineer for the City of Chilliwack water department. They are both drawn by the natural beauty of the island and all its wildlife and want to protect their property for wildlife.
Therefore, one of the first things they did after buying their property was to contact the Salt Spring Island Conservancy so that they could learn more about rare species and different ways to support wildlife on their land. A stewardship visit from the Conservancy helped them learn about their land and provided some ideas for stewardship with good management practices. In addition to a spectacular view, Imogen and Ali are lucky to have maturing Douglas-fir forests with rocky outcrops on their property. They have signed a voluntary Stewardship Agreement agreeing to protect native ecosystems and support wildlife habitat on their 10-acre property.
The Salt Spring Island Conservancy invites other landowners with wetlands, forests, or other sensitive habitats to consider signing a voluntary Stewardship Agreement and help protect these precious areas.