Environmental conservation, climate action and implementing a sustainable relationship with the natural world are burning issues of our time.
For over 30 years, the Galiano Conservancy has devoted itself to protecting, stewarding and restoring BC Gulf Island ecosystems by creating a network of natural areas where a healthy environment, learning and a love of nature flourish.
The Galiano Conservancy Association is a non-profit, grassroots organization and registered land trust with a diverse and committed membership.
The GCA accomplishes its mission by:
- Securing funds to purchase, protect and restore ecologically-sensitive land.
- Holding and managing conservation covenants.
- Providing nature-based learning experiences to people of all ages.
- Fostering ecological awareness and environmental leadership.
- Developing enduring partnerships with postsecondary institutions by supporting their environmental research initiatives.
- Promoting responsible land and water stewardship.
- Researching and implementing effective and sustainable environmental management techniques.
- Monitoring environmental health on and around Galiano Island.
- Developing and promoting sustainable living practices to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
- Fostering harmonious, long-term relationships with local indigenous peoples and learning from their ancestral ways.
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Through covenants and land purchases, the Conservancy protects and stewards more than 2000 acres of land on Galiano Island, in one of the most ecologically sensitive areas of BC.
Some of our current projects include the restoration of ecosystems around Mount Sutil, Pebble Beach, Laughlin Lake and the Millard Learning Centre (MLC) and the management of our overabundant deer population.
The MLC, a living laboratory for ecological restoration, sustainable food production and small-scale, renewable energy generation, features a compost hotspot, a native plant nursery, the Nuts’a’maat Forage Forest, a permaculture food forest and a net-zero grid-tied solar array.
We are also recognized for our environmental education programs. Our K-12 programs help youth build lifelong memories through nature exploration. Our post-secondary programs provide the skills necessary to pursue environmental careers through field experience, courses, internships and volunteer opportunities. Our adult programs focus on community, skills-building, environmental stewardship and climate action, under the guidance of experts and indigenous leaders.
Our One Island, One Earth project determined Galiano Island’s ecological footprint based on transportation, food, buildings & stationary energy, consumables & waste, water and biocapacity data. These findings will help us all better understand how to reduce our environmental impact.