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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Watch out for these common backyard invaders

July 19th, 2017|0 Comments

The truth and how-to-remove behind English ivy, periwinkle and more Originally posted by Morgan Cross in Oak Bay News on July 18, 2017.  Photo: Covenant Manager Torrey Archer shows the black seeds Scotch broom bears in [...]

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Support TLC’s Covenant Program while shopping with Thrifty Foods’ Smile Card

July 12th, 2017|0 Comments

TLC is now a part of Thrifty Foods’ Smile Card Fundraising Program! You can easily support TLC while shopping at Thrifty Foods. To support TLC’s Covenant Program: - Request a Fundraising card from TLC by [...]

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Restoration Event at Ivan Island Covenant

July 10th, 2017|0 Comments

  Join Habitat Acquisition Trust (HAT) in restoration efforts on our Ivan Island Covenant July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Gloves, tools and lunch will be provided - but please RSVP to

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Barer / Kinghorn Spring 2017 Covenant Monitoring Visit

June 14th, 2017|0 Comments

On May 17, six volunteers joined TLC in monitoring the Barer / Kinghorn Covenants located within Mt Work Regional Park. It was a mild cloudy spring day; comfortable hiking weather. We were interested in the [...]

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Ayum Creek Restoration with Sendwithus

June 12th, 2017|0 Comments

On May 31, seventeen people armed with six wheelbarrows and eight shovels moved approximately 54 cubic yards of wood chips from point A to point B. Point B happens to be an experimental restoration [...]

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Blooming Broom Removal with the Greater Victoria Green Team

June 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

On May 13th TLC joined forces with the Greater Victoria Green Team (GVGT) at the Langvista Covenant near Mill Hill for the spring Blooming Broom Removal work party. Nine volunteers climbed the rocky Garry [...]

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Celebrating 20 years of conservation because of supporters like you!

May 25th, 2017|0 Comments

May 26, 2017 Dear Friends of Conservation, This year will be recorded in TLC’s history as one of outstanding achievement.  Together we have accomplished what many thought was impossible with the successful completion of [...]

Highlights from the Highlands Broom Bash with GVGT

May 4th, 2017|0 Comments

On April 30th, TLC took part in the annual Highlands May Day Broom Bash, working with 11 volunteers from the Greater Victoria Green Team to clear Scotch broom from Gowlland Tod Provincial Park.  Approximately [...]

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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 [...]