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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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Ayum Creek Restoration with GVGT

April 20th, 2017|0 Comments

TLC continued the restoration work at Ayum Creek Regional Park Reserve on Saturday, April 8th, with the help of the Greater Victoria Green Team volunteers.Approximately 15 volunteers showed up with smiles on their faces despite [...]

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Upcoming Work Party at Ayum Creek – Everyone Welcome!

April 18th, 2017|0 Comments

Happy Spring, Volunteers! I hope this post finds you basking in the warm sunshine with the smell of fresh flowers on the breeze. Or, if you have been in Victoria recently, the cold wind that never [...]

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Learn GPS & plant ID skills while hiking in beautiful protected areas

April 13th, 2017|0 Comments

Join TLC’s volunteer covenant monitoring and restoration program this summer and gain hands-on field experience. Learn GPS and plant ID skills while hiking in beautiful protected areas in Greater Victoria. Volunteers must be able to [...]

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Hot off the presses: TLC’s Spring LANDmark is here!

April 11th, 2017|0 Comments

Catch up on the latest news from TLC in our spring newsletter! In this edition of the LANDmark you will find updates from Executive Director Cathy Armstrong, a look at this year's Covenant Monitoring Program, [...]

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De Mamiel Creek Winter Monitoring

April 6th, 2017|0 Comments

On March 4, four volunteers joined TLC staff on a trip to the De Mamiel Creek covenants in Sooke. This winter monitoring excursion aimed to determine just how much water flows through De Mamiel Creek [...]

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Barer/Kinghorn Covenant Winter Monitoring

March 21st, 2017|0 Comments

On February 18, three UVic students and one lucky Kiwi joined TLC in monitoring the Barer and Kinghorn covenants, located at the CRD’s Mt. Work Regional Park. As monitoring usually occurs in the summer [...]