… is to go from 12% to ≥ 30% by 2030
Joining a worldwide effort by governments, scientists and conservation groups . . .
let’s do our part locally to make sure at least 30% of natural habitat is conserved for biodiversity and wildlife. Take the Nature Stewards pledge!
Join your friends and neighbours…
Become a Nature Steward
Join GaLTT’s Nature Stewards program and take the voluntary pledge to conserve and enhance as much natural habitat as possible on your private property and the community at large.
- Make a voluntary pledge to conserve ≥ 30% of your property for wildlife habitat benefits and get a Nature Stewards sign. (From farms and large lots to less than 1/2 acre parcels, every effort is recognized.)
- Our experienced volunteers can visit your property, do a walkabout with you, and suggest ways to conserve and improve things for wildlife habitat and biodiversity on your land.
- We offer practical resources, incentives and helpful tips. (Many actions are quite simple yet highly effective.)
- Becoming a Nature Steward can be as simple as you like and suited to any lifestyle, budget or space.
- See our Nature Stewards pamphlet (pdf). Share it with others.
Even small actions can make a difference!
Learn more about…
The CDF ecosystem
Our Coastal Douglas-fir ecosystem—drier than other kinds of coastal temperate rainforest—is found only on a thin strip of the eastern coast of Vancouver Island, mainland coast, and the southern Gulf Islands. It supports a unique mix of species, including the emblematic Douglas-fir, cedar, arbutus, Garry oak and bigleaf maple, and shrubs such as salal and Oregon grape. Ecologists identify many of our species as rare or endangered. (Click images below for more.)
Get to know your natural neighbours
Everyone on Gabriola knows that we share our island with deer and turkeys, but there are plenty of other critters as well. Many of them provide critical services supporting the health of our ecosystem—as well as the health of humans—and they need habitat.
Learn about our animal neighbours and why they’re important. (Click images below for a few examples.)
…and then take action
Wildlife habitat on YOUR land is important
What can you do to help preserve this ecosystem as the pressures of development and climate change threaten it? Save or restore habitat on your land and make it wildlife friendly. Even simple things like allowing areas to be a bit more “wild” can make a big difference, because this helps create habitat and connections within neighbourhoods and between developed and natural areas.
A few tips to get you started
- Click the images to see tips and examples in practice.
- Find us on FaceBook
- Subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
- Watch formore videos in the months ahead, covering practical tips and profiling all the good work islanders are doing to help nature.
- See our curated list of free online Resources.
Be an island champion
There are so many ways Gabriolans can come together with GaLTT to support our ecosystems. You can volunteer or donate, you can put a legal conservation covenant on the land you hold… but joining the Nature Stewards program is one of the easiest. And it’s surprisingly effective and important, because even small changes on private lands add up.
Please join us.
Learn more by contacting our coordinator Ken Gurr at email@example.com or book a visit using the form below.
Book a visit with Nature Stewards
Thanks to our donors & funders, GaLTT’s Nature Stewards program offers resources and the help of experienced volunteers who can visit your property and help with practical ideas and insights for conserving and enhancing nature.
If you’re interested in having us visit and seeing if your property has met or is on the way to contributing to this habitat conservation challenge, please fill out the contact form on this page. We will get in touch with you in the weeks ahead.
In the meantime, check out our Resources page and learn more about what you can do right now to help nature on your property.
Coast Salish Peoples have lived on Gabriola and throughout these Salish Sea “gulf islands” for thousands of years. Today, we are learning how to “Indigenize” our thinking and relationship with our natural world and the deep interconnections First Nations have always maintained with culture and nature.
We are honoured and grateful to live in the territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation.