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.

Indigenous Stewardship

This is the territory of Hul’qumi’num speaking people.  Work together with one heart and mind – nuts’a’maat.

Shared Territory

Manage Introduced Species

Learn to identify and manage species such as Scotch broom, Himalayan blackberry, and English holly.

Learn How

Protect Sensitive Areas

Steward, protect and restore ecological anchors including older forest, Garry oak meadows, bluffs, wetlands and streams.

Buffer Wetlands

Nurture the vitality of these systems with protective natural vegetation buffers (~15 m minimum) If a buffer does not exist, consider restoring one using native vegetation.

Wildlife Trees

Protect and monitor dead trees which provide valuable habitat for a variety of wildlife species.

Woody Debris

Allow the natural cycle of decomposition to occur in fallen trees and branches by leaving them to become part of the soil.

Limit Fencing

Consider leaving parts of your land unfenced allowing the movement of wildlife through your property.

Salvage Plants & Soil

When planning to clear any part of your land, consider saving the vegetation and organic debris: it is a valuable resource for restoration.

Plan Salvage Operations

Shared Stewardship

If possible, share your ecological goals with your neighbours and work together planning protection and restoration so that your efforts may contribute to larger “reserve” areas.

Ecological Restoration

Consider helping to heal “unused” disturbed areas of your land through ecological restoration.

Learn How

Conserve Water

Store water for garden use in roof-fed cisterns; plant drought resistant vegetation whenever possible. Use mulches in your garden.

Learn How

Keep it Natural

Seek alternatives to chemical pesticides and fertilizers.

Meet the Neighbours

Get to know your non-human neighbours, local plant, animal and wildlife species.

Respect Your Alders

Protect and honour your local native tree species.

Celebrate Life

Our island is a unique place on the planet. Revel in caring for nature’s bounty on our parts of it.