The results are in!
Between March 1st and July 31, we received support from 16 incredible people, who combined raised a total of $18,770 for this year's Habitat Guardians campaign to protect habitat in the Highlands. Yes, that is almost double our goal amount of $10,000! These funds will help cover the costs of forming a new covenant on private land in the Highlands to create a permanent natural link between Gowlland Tod and Goldstream Provincial parks. Once the covenant is formed, any remaining funds will support the ongoing stewardship of protected lands on south Vancouver Island and the southern Gulf Islands. The donors are recognized as Habitat Guardians and will be recognized with a personalized certificate acknowledging their contribution to HAT's Land Protection program. This campaign has been a phenomenal success that would not have been possible without the generous support of people like you!
Although this year's Habitat Guardians campaign has come to a close, our work in Land Protection continues year-round and requires ongoing support! From Habitat Assessment and Monitoring, mapping and more, our Land Protection program is still in need of your support! Please consider making a donation to Land Protection today.
Thank you to all of our Habitat Guardians, you truly are an inspiration to us all.
Original Article Below
By: Ashlea Veldhoen (March, 2018)
What if you could play an important role in protecting natural areas for our native wildlife? Well, it is possible – with your help. Habitat Acquisition Trust is now seeking to rally support from community members to raise $10,000 for its local Land Protection Program by July 31, 2018. This year’s Habitat Guardians Campaign will ensure the permanent protection of ecologically significant lands adjacent to the Gowlland Tod and Goldstream Provincial Parks, and support the ongoing stewardship of protected lands on south Vancouver Island.
The area in need of protecting features a second-growth Douglas-fir forest, inundated by rocky outcrops – suitable habitat for both the endangered Western Screech-Owl and Sharp-tailed snake. Protecting this property with a conservation covenant would also mean forging a permanent corridor for wildlife travelling between Gowlland Tod and Thetis Lake Parks.
Protecting habitat for future generations is so important in this rapidly developing landscape, and it requires a community of passionate Habitat Guardians to protect it. HAT encourages readers to heed the call of the wild and keep these special places alive with nature forever by starting a conversation about land protection, and being a guardian for wildlife habitat with a donation to HAT. Without the funds for legal protection and stewardship, these sensitive lands may end up clear-cut, subdivided, or paved-over and lost. That’s where the donations of Habitat Guardians makes a huge difference.
- Receive customizable recognition at events hosted on that property for one year
- Allow as many as 35 community members or employees to engage with nature in a meaningful way
- Enable data collection and field surveys on these properties to better understand and plan for their restoration needs
- Provide for HAT's land protection team to conduct yearly monitoring to identify and respond to any threats to these natural landscapes
Our goal is to develop long-term sponsorships. Currently we are looking for a sponsorship of $1000 from each Habitat Guardian to start, and we hope that with your help we can raise or goal of $10,000 for this year's campaign by July 31st!
Your donation is customizable with the option to direct funds to a property near your neighbourhood and witness the positive impact of your sponsorship first-hand!
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Last year's Campaign
We did it! In 2017 our Habitat Guardians successfully helped us $10,000 for the Land Protection fund to the finalization of legal protection for coastline habitat at Calypso Woods Douglas-fir Forest. Thanks to local support from the community, funders and collaborators, Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT), in partnership with the Community Cowichan Land Trust has registered this conservation covenant, legally protecting Calypso Woods and its important habitat forever.
Aptly named for its large population of rare and beautiful Calypso Orchids, Calypso Woods is a uniquely picturesque natural area nestled in the Bilston Creek watershed, bordering between Langford and Metchosin. It features a tributary creek – named Nitya Creek by the landowner – which drains into Bilston Creek and empties into Witty’s Lagoon in Metchosin to support a Cutthroat Trout population.