Covenant Program

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Several options are available for landowners who wish to ensure the long-term protection of their properties. As a landowner you may want to ensure protection of a particular feature of your land without giving up ownership. In these cases, a conservation covenant is one of the most effective land preservation tools available to landowners.

A covenant is a voluntary, legal agreement between a landowner and a conservation organization where you as the landowner promise to protect the land in specific ways. The promises the landowner makes will be attached on title to the land forever, regardless of who owns the land. In return, the conservation organization agrees to monitor the covenant and ensure that the intentions and objectives of the covenant are being maintained.

What does this mean in practice? Suppose your property contains a small marsh that provides habitat for several endangered species. A conservation covenant will give you a number of options to protect your marsh. In the simplest case, you would likely agree to forbid development in the marsh area. Covenants are very flexible documents that can contain a number of provisions from limiting subdivision and development to committing to the removal of noxious weeds. Any terms that you and the land trust agree upon can be included in the covenant.

All of the promises you make in a covenant apply not only to you, but also to every future landowner. The terms outlined in a conservation covenant are decided by you as the landowner. The conservation organization works with you to ensure those terms are enforced, but does not determine what restrictions will be suitable for your property. (Click here to see some examples of covenant restrictions.) Each landowner’s situation is unique and their conservation needs will vary depending on many different factors.

TLC's Kinghorn Covenant

TLC’s Kinghorn Covenant protects 63 hectares of forest and wetlands. Photo Andrew MacKinnon.

Grizzly Bear

More than half of Canada’s Grizzly Bears live in B.C. Habitat protection is the key to ensuring their long term survival. Photo David Tipling.

Covenant Monitoring

Monitors inspect the property and report any issues such as vandalism, unauthorized construction or natural degradation. These issues are then resolved either with the property owners or through a management plan for restoration.

The cost of monitoring and enforcing a covenant can vary depending on the location, size and complexity of the property, and the particular restrictions outlined in the covenant. Since TLC’s covenant monitoring program is funded by donations, we are relying on you to help us reach our fundraising goal of $150,000 this year.

You can help TLC continue to protect important ecosystems across BC by supporting the monitoring and enforcement of our covenants. Please complete our online donation form to show your support today!

Covenant Program News

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Monitoring the Sooke Hills: Post-Fire Data Collection

December 21st, 2017|0 Comments

On a brutally hot day in late August, TLC and Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) staff climbed a mountain in search of clues on how a forest naturally regenerates after a fire. Unfortunately, a fire broke [...]

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#GivingTuesday: Protecting places through working partnerships

November 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Tuesday, November 28, 2017 Dear Friends of Conservation, This summer we climbed 600 metres up Mount Benson in Nanaimo to teach Vancouver Island University (VIU) students about ecological data collection, repeat photography and plant identification [...]

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Clayoquot Island Monitoring

November 20th, 2017|0 Comments

On a brisk, beautiful sunny September day, TLC staff took a trip to Tofino to monitor the exquisite Clayoquot Island Preserve. The island has seen many changes, having once been the major town complete [...]

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Kingco Hannington & River Crossing Covenant

August 18th, 2017|0 Comments

On June 7th TLC staff member Torrey, summer intern Karen and volunteer Kayla began their monitoring day by entering the Hannington swamp located in the Highlands. It was a wet winter this year so the [...]

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Monitoring TLC’s Atkins Road Covenant

August 14th, 2017|0 Comments

On May 28th TLC Covenant Manager Torrey and summer intern Karen took a crew of volunteers down to the Atkins Road Covenant, a little gem in the middle of a very busy neighborhood, bordered by [...]

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Monitoring the Thetis – Mount Work Connector and Ayum Creek Covenants

August 11th, 2017|0 Comments

On June 4th TLC staff member Torrey, summer intern Karen and volunteer Mitch monitored two covenants: the Thetis-Mount Work Connector and an upstream portion of Ayum Creek in Sooke. The trio strolled though the [...]

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Monitoring TLC’s Caromar Covenant

August 9th, 2017|0 Comments

On June 21st, TLC staff members Torrey and Andrew, summer intern Karen and volunteer Liam trekked to Duncan to visit the Caromar Covenant for its annual monitoring. The team was armed with the mission to [...]

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Covenant Monitoring Training with VIU Students & NALT on Mount Benson

August 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

On July 20th TLC staff Torrey, Andrew and summer student Karen met with Nanaimo & Area Land Trust (NALT) staff Paul, Vancouver Island University (VIU) Geography Chair Hannah, VIU professor Wendy and her Environmental Science [...]

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Monitoring the Sooke Hills: Before the Fire

July 27th, 2017|0 Comments

Sea to Sea Regional Park is a beautiful protected section of the Sooke Hills, owned by the Capital Regional District (CRD) and covenanted by both TLC and Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT). Recently, the CRD created [...]