Calypso Woods Finalized as a Conservation Covenant!
Update: May 2018 - Video: Calypso Woods, HAT's Newest Conservation Covenant. Meet the landowners behind HAT's newest conservation covenant.
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Update: December 2017 - Calypso Woods is finalized as a protect conservation covenant. People in our community teamed up with HAT and successfully raised funds towards permanently protecting this safehaven for megafauna and a mega beautiful population of wild orchids! The conservation covenant is protected forever thanks to you, HAT supporters.
Update: April 2017 Site visit for tree surveying and a beautiful waterfall.
Who: Habitat Acquisition Trust's Team, local landowners with a conservation dream, and community members and supporters like you!
What: Raised $10,600 to protect 5.8 acres of riparian, and forested ecosystem in Calypso Woods.
With your help this campaign will also secure protection for Fairview, 13+ acres of coastline and forest habitat read more.
Where: Connected to the Sooke Hills Wilderness, Mount Wells Park, and Billston Creek. Expanding the connectivity of each of these vital wildlife habitat and travel corridors.
Because we exceeded our goal, the additional funds will go to the Land Protection program in support of future covenants and ongoing stewardship of existing conservation lands.
How can you help? The Land Protection program is the program with our greatest funding needs, please consider donating today to keep nature in our region tomorrow and forever. You can also join other HAT volunteers by joining us to steward and restore protected areas like Calypso Woods.
Why: Calypso Woods hosts a diversity of ecosystems from dry to moist forests, open rocky outcrops to wet to floodplain ecosystems. Within this complex are ecosystems that are provincially listed as imperiled and of special concern. Young and mature forest here can be protected with your help to grow into old growth with time. Rare and iconic species living in this area like the Sharp-tailed Snake, Western Screech Owl, Elk, and Cougars will have a better chance at survival. If we want to keep human and wildlife conflict at a minimum, saving places these majestic animals can safely call roam and call home is a must.
"We know that there may come a time when we’re not here. So I looked into how we can protect the land so that when we’re gone, the land is still protected, and obviously one of the best ways is through covenants."
- Calypso Woods Landowner
The donations of Habitat Guardians helped secure wildlife corridors between Bilston Creek and the Sea-to-Sea Greenbelt.
Read more about HAT's Covenant Program
CALLING ALL HABITAT GUARDIANS!
What if you could play an important role in protecting natural areas for our native wildlife? Well, it is possible – with your help. Habitat Acquisition Trust is now seeking to rally support from community members to raise $10,000 for its local Land Protection Program by July 31, 2018. This year’s Habitat Guardians Campaign will ensure the permanent protection of ecologically significant lands in the highlands, adjacent to the Gowlland Tod and Goldstream Provincial Parks, and support the ongoing stewardship of protected lands on south Vancouver Island.
Become a HABITAT GUARDIAN to support the fund for permanent management and inventories on the spectacular landscapes of South Vancouver Island and the Southern Gulf Isles