Free Stewardship Consultations

Do you own property on Galiano or another Southern Gulf Island?

Are you wondering:

  • How to care for your land?
  • What kinds of plants and ecosystem types you have on your property?
  • Where you maybe should or should not develop?
  • What kinds of native plants you could incorporate into your gardening?

Contact Adam Huggins, our Restoration Coordinator for a Stewardship Consultation on your property.

Establish a Conservation Covenant

A Covenant is an agreement between the landowner and the organization holding the covenant ,that directs the ways in which the land may be used. The Galiano Conservancy’s intention is to protect these lands from development forever. How do Covenants work?

  • The first step is to have the land appraised.
  • Covenants can reduce the appraised value of the land. The difference between the covenanted and non-covenanted values of the land is considered to be the value of the covenant.
  • This covenant value may be considered a capital gain and be subject to tax. The Conservancy will issue a charitable receipt for the value of the covenant and this can be used to offset tax on capital gains. The offset can be carried forward for up to five years.
  • As the value of the covenanted land may be reduced compared to the non-covenanted value, there may be property tax benefits to the landowner.

Map Your Property

The Galiano Conservancy Association has the capacity to create and print detailed, large scale GIS maps. Our primary focus has been to map important ecological and social data for Galiano Island. In addition to our own projects, the Galiano Conservancy has produced mapping information for a variety of individuals and non-profit groups in our community.

If you are interested in our mapping services for your own project, please contact Chessi Miltner.

Care For Your Land

A thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community. It is wrong when it tends otherwise.


Aldo Leopold’s famous quote from his book A Sand County Almanac was written over 50 years ago and embodies the fundamental concept of caring for your land.  The Galiano Conservancy Association encourages land management that embodies this basic concept, making decisions that are accountable to the “biotic community” in which we live.

The following are a selection of stewardship tips stemming from our “Ecologically Conscious Neighbours” Stewardship program:

Land Stewardship

Stewardship Tips

The GCA recommends the following, and is available to help you steward land.