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Stewardship News

The Conservancy produces occasional newsletters for the community called Stewardship News. It is mailed to all members and all Galiano residents. Back issues available at the Conservancy office.

Stewardship News Winter 2022/23

Stewardship News Summer 2020

Stewardship News Fall 2019

Stewardship News Spring 2018 

Stewardship News Winter 2016

Mini Stewardship News, Winter 2015

Stewardship News, Winter 2014

Stewardship News, Spring 2011

Stewardship News, Winter 2009

Stewardship News, Spring 2006

Annual Reports

2022 Annual Report

2021 Annual Report

2020 Annual Report

2019 Annual Report

2018 Annual Report 

2017 Annual Report

2016 Annual Report

2015 Annual Report

2014 Annual Report

2013 Annual Report

2012 Annual Report

Financial Statements

2022 Financial Statements

2021 Financial Statements

2020 Financial Statements

2019 Financial Statements

2018 Financial Statements

2017 Financial Statements


Acknowledging Our Shared Territory: “Acknowledging our Shared Territory” is a short film featuring local Indigenous leaders that delves more deeply into the subject of Territory Acknowledgments. Although the film focuses on Galiano, it provides perspectives that are relevant to communities across Turtle Island.  Directed by filmmaker Richard Wilson, and supported by the Galiano Conservancy Association (GCA)in partnership with the Access to Media Education Society (AMES), we see this film as a conversation starter, and hope it stimulates further discussion, home-work, and action for change.

Transforming a Parking Loop into a Wetland: In October 2020, the Galiano Conservancy Association and community volunteers transformed a former parking loop into an educational wetland at our Millard Learning Centre. This time-lapse video shows the process from start to finish. 

Feed the People: Produced by AMES and the Galiano Conservancy. On December 7, 2019, participants from across the Gulf Islands and adjacent communities came together to learn how to process native black-tail deer from Penelakut knowledge-holders Karen Charlie, Richard Charlie, Stephen Sylvester, Janzen Edwards, and Nicole Edwards.  The deer had been taken the day before at the Galiano Conservancy’s Millard Learning Centre, which, like much of the Southern Gulf Islands, has deer in historically unprecedented high densities. Workshop participants were led through skinning, de-boning, butchering, grinding, and making sausages from the meat. Participants each got to take home some meat for the freezer, and the remaining ‘harvest’ was donated to the Galiano Community Food Program.

Native Forage Forest: Produced by AMES and narrated by Keith Erickson, this video provides a brief overview of the creation of the Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest.

Sustaining People and Landscapes: What is sustainability? Take a tour with participants from Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Victoria Immigrant and Refugee Centre Society, and the Galiano Conservancy Association to learn about sustainability through education programs with the Galiano Learning Centre. The Galiano Learning Centre will lead by example in the areas of food security, waste recycling, alternative energy, and ecological restoration and will foster a connection with our natural environment in order to answer the question of how we as individuals can live in a sustainable way.

Ocean and Forest: Musician T. Nile teams up with the Galiano Conservancy to bring a group of Vancouver students to the site of our future Learning Centre on Galiano Island. Thank you to all our supporters – with your help we can make the Galiano Restorative Learning Centre a reality! Special thanks to T. Nile, Elsie Roy Elementary, and Reem Morsi for putting this wonderful video together.

Let It Rot: a 6:36 min film made by the Galiano Conservancy Association and the Gulf Islands Film and Television School. This is a brief, on the ground, and in the canopy, glimpse into our intensive forest restoration project in the Pebble Beach Reserve.

The Mystery at Laughlin Lake: a 7:53 min video clip on our YouTube channel

Skyline: a 2:24 min video clip by Brie Wittman & Laura Blackadar on our YouTube channel

Tree Pull: a 1:36 min video clip by Brie Wittman & Laura Blackadar on our YouTube channel

Rockfish: Protecting Canada’s Coastal Greats; a 3:01 min film by Darienne Lancaster

Speaker Series from March 5-6 2016 Rockfish Conservation Forum in order of appearance: Jeff Marliave from Vancouver Aquarium; Lily Burke from UVic Environmental Studies; Dana Haggarty from UBC/DFO; Alex Barron from CPAWS; Darienne Lancaster from UVic Environmental Studies; Jenna Falk from Gailano Conservancy Association; Andy Lamb from Marine Life Sanctuaries Society of BC during our live dive and creature discovery field trip to Spanish Hills

Species at Risk Reports

The Northern red-legged frog at the Millard Learning Centre, Dr. Eric Higgs
Jessica Duncan, Tait Overeem, Maria Catanzaro, Mikayla Lewis, 2018

Rockfish Conservation Areas in the Salish Sea: Compliance and Community-Based Initiatives, Vachon, 2015

Rockfish Populations around Galiano Island, Chalifour, 2013

What You Should Know about Rockfish Conservation Areas around Galiano, 2012

Galiano Species at Risk Inventory, Verbenkkov, 2011 

Rockfish News Island Tides Insert produced by Galiano Conservancy and Valdes Island Conservancy, 2015
See this page on our website for additional rockfish conservation materials (posters, maps etc.)

Restoration Papers, Reports, and Theses

Coastal Douglas-fir Forest Restoration and Liner Wetland Construction, Dewar, 2021

An Ongoing Restoration of the Mill Site, Schwarz & Khan, 2020

Demonstration Native Garden and Forest Restoration, Yip, 2020

A criteria and indicators monitoring framework for food forestry embedded in the principles of ecological restoration, Park & Higgs, 2018

Exploring the potential of food forestry to assist in ecological restoration in North America and beyond, Park et al., 2018

Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest: Restoration Plan, Huggins, 2017

A model of food forestry and its monitoring framework in the context of ecological restoration, Park, 2016

Monitoring forest restoration effectiveness on Galiano Island, British Columbia: conventional and new methods, Hohendorf, 2015

Participatory Restoration of the Mill Site, Hamann-Benoit, 2014

Soil nutrient and vegetation response to ecological restoration in a Coastal Douglas-fir plantation on Galiano Island, BC, Harrop-Archibald, 2010

The soil nutrient state of an ecological restoration area compared to natural regeneration on Galiano Island, BC, Canada, Koele, 2005

Restoring the Forest in a Young Coastal Douglas-fir Plantation, Scholz et al., 2004

Making Connections – Forest Restoration on Galiano Island, Erickson, 2003

Climate Change and Biodiversity: Implications for Monitoring, Science and Adaptive Planning, Environment Canada. See section or pages 110-112 for a case study focusing on the Conservancy’s biodiversity monitoring work at the Pebble Beach Reserve and across Galiano. 

Biodiversity best practices handbook 2009 : case studies from the environmental non-government sector, Environment Canada. See page 13 for a highlight of the Conservancy’s work.

Restoration of a Young Coastal Douglas-fir Forest

Community-based Planning Documents

Complexities of addressing colonialism in conservation, Stein et al. 2023

Collaborative Conservation Planning – Brochure (2 x 2 pages), 2013

Resource Guide to Collaborative Conservation Planning, Curran, 2013

Galiano Restorative Learning Centre – Management Plan, 2013

Galiano UP-CLOSE Final Report, Emmings & Erickson, 2004

Galiano UP-CLOSE Community Workshop Series Summary


Mapping Projects

Conservation Areas on Galiano Island, 2013

Mid Galiano Island Protected Areas Network, 2013

The Galiano Learning Centre – Ecological Communities, 2012

Eagle nests on Galiano Island, 2008

Learning Centre Education and Field Programs

Introductory Document: Building Connections with Nature: Click here.

UVic Undergraduate Field Courses: In February 2013, August 2014 and July 2015, a collaborative field course called Advanced Principles and Concepts in Ecological Restoration, and in 2015 Restoration and Sustainability, has been run on Galiano. Designed by Eric Higgs, a professor in UVic School of Environmental Studies, this course ran successfully, completely stationed at the Learning Centre in 2014 (in 2013 students had accommodations at GIFTS). Click here for the 2014 course report. See the link here for information on the course website, and here for more information on our website.

Classroom Building Relocation – Phase 1 Infrastructure Development: The classroom building (previously known as the Aspa building), has been donated by Vaagen Fibre Canada. it was built by Silva Forest Foundation in the BC Interior and is the most recent infrastructure addition at the Learning Centre for the campground. Two teams went to the Kootenays in July 2014 to deconstruct the building, and it was trucked to Galiano. Click here for report.

Classroom Building Solar Report – Phase 1 Infrastructure Development: The classroom building at the Learning Centre campground now has a fully functioning solar panel system with a 4.6 kW capacity. Click here for report.

Seasonal E-News Updates

Summer 2016
Fall 2016


The Conservancy produces an occasional publication titled: Archipelago: News, views, & interviews on island community and conservation. It is mailed to all members. Back issues of this publication are available at the Conservancy Office.

Archipelago Vol. 9, 2005
Archipelago Vol. 8, 2004

Affordable Housing in the Community Forest