Who we are and what we do
The Bowen Island Conservancy is committed to protecting and preserving the natural environment of the island: from endangered coastal bluffs to inland lakes to wetlands and fens.
- Our vision is that the integrity and biodiversity of Bowen Island’s natural lands will be protected and enhanced for future generations.
- Our goals are outlined in our Constitution.
We work with the public, landowners, and different levels of government to conserve, protect, sustain, and enhance the quality of the natural environment of Bowen Island, neighbouring islets, and surrounding waters. To accomplish this, we use a creative and collaborative approach to conservation by achieving long-term stewardship through management plans and monitoring agreements of sensitive areas, and, when possible, working to secure ecologically significant natural areas through purchases, donations, conservation agreements, or other mechanisms.
Our work involves:
- Management and improvement/restoration of local Nature Reserves;
- Public education;
- Liaison and collaboration with other organizations (for example, the Bowen Island Municipality, and the Islands Trust Conservancy;
- Acquisition of ecologically-valuable land;
- Arranging conservation covenants.
We are a non-profit society, incorporated under the BC Societies Act, and a registered charitable organization (our charitable registration number is 867261299RR001). Our activities are guided by an elected Board of Directors who, like almost all of our more than 150 members, are part of our Island’s community (there are a very few members who live elsewhere in Canada or the US, but who have strong ties to Bowen Island). We are an all-volunteer organization and we strive to be open and transparent in our work. Anybody (whether a member or not) may attend any of our regularly scheduled meetings, and our Annual General Meeting (which is held in late November or early December each year).
Constitution and Bylaws
As a BC Society, we are governed by:
- A Constitution, and
- A set of Bylaws.
Learn about our roots which date back to early 1996.
We are a member of the Land Trust Alliance of BC.
We welcome questions or requests for information about the Conservancy and its activities; send us an email message and we’ll reply as rapidly as is practical