Land Stewardship

Nature Stewards Program

The Galiano Conservancy Association is kickstarting a new “at-home” conservation program! We are seeking Galiano property owners who are passionate about conservation and want to care for native ecosystems.

Voluntary Land Stewardship

Starting this summer, if you have ecologically significant areas on your property, such as Garry Oak meadows, wetlands, bluffs, species-at-risk habitats, mature forests, pollinator habitats, shorelines, areas neighbouring conservation areas, or parts of your property you want to restore, you can receive free guidance on how to manage your land!

This entails pledging to care for your property’s natural habitats and species. Each property is unique, and Conservancy staff can help you determine what conservation steps your property may need.

This program provides landowners with helpful information, resources, and support, by connecting experienced staff with land owners to support your land stewardship agenda!

Stewardship Checklist

The following activities are recommended conservation strategies that landowners can easily undertake.

  • Removing Invasive Species-Scotch broom, Himalayan blackberry, Spurge laurel, English holly, Tansy Ragwort, and English ivy. 
  • Planting Native Plants in Suitable Habitat
  • Monitoring for Rare plants and animals- look for species at risk
  • Letting natural processes take place – leave dead trees when possible, as they are wildlife habitats, and let trees and leaves decompose
  • Creating deer exclosures 
  • Keeping pets from natural areas.
  • Avoid using synthetic fertilizers and pesticides.
  • Conserving water by collecting and storing rainwater, practicing efficient irrigation and minimizing the use of impervious surfaces such as asphalt and concrete.
  • Adding bird and bat boxes, bird baths, ponds for amphibians, decaying logs for small mammals and salamanders, and brush or rock piles for reptiles.
  • Fire smarting your property- preserving wetlands, thinning monoculture forests, increasing tree diversity both species and age. 

The Process

  1. Fill out the intake form below.
  2. Review the free mapping tools.
  3. Next, based on the information provided on your intake form, GCA Staff will visit your property to discuss property-specific conservation.
  4. GCA staff will draft a voluntary agreement specific to your property and create a map outlining the major conservation features.
  5. Landowners approves the voluntary agreement and we will start your conservation adventure together!
  6. Keep in contact with GCA staff if any questions arise.
  7. GCA staff commits to monitoring the progress and status of your conservation work on your property every two years.

Mapping Your Property

By mapping your property, you will gain property-specific information and understand how your home is connected to the broader Galiano landscape.

Maps can provide information on

  1. Soil type
  2. Hydrology
  3. Ecosystem Type
  4. Land Class
  5. Sensitive Habitat

and many other interesting features!

Maps are used to identify how best to manage your land.

GCA Staff are here to help you interpret these maps and suggest best practices!

How to Use the Mapping Tools

Follow this Link (coming soon) to go straight to the Galiano map!

Toggle through the table of contents to select different features to be displayed on the map.

You can move around the map to find your property and see what features are available. ( post a video here going through the map).

After a site visit with GCA staff we can create a more detailed map that accounts for property specific information!

The complimentary Lands Stewardship Program’s bi-annual monitoring and mapping, over time can demonstrate the positive impact that you have made on the landscape!

Voluntary Nature Steward Program

Address of the property you are interested in protecting.(Required)
What features are you looking to protect (select all that apply):(Required)
What measures have you taken already (select all that apply):(Required)

Resources for Success

many resources