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General News · 3rd January 2010
On Saturday January 9 at Gorge Hall, from 10 am to noon, Briony Penn will introduce some new financial tools for conserving parcels of land under threat and providing tips for islanders on organizing for large-scale land purchases.

She comes to support the movement to buy up Island Timberlands holdings and gain local control of large tracts on the north end of the island. There is up to 2750 acres involved, much of which is in the Carrington Bay region. From realizing the Whaletown Commons, to protecting rare old growth pockets with natural preserves, to a community forest, to affordable housing, there is room for many possible benefits to the community.

Of course, as anyone who walks the north end will tell you, the likely alternative to inaction is marked already with IT's flagging tape where new roads and clear cuts have been promised. Still, we have been extended an offer to present a purchase option recently, and NOW is a great time to get the big corporation off the island. Anyone who has interest is invited to come.

Briony Penn PhD is the Conservation Coordinator for the Land Trust Alliance of BC where she is developing new financial tools for preserving natural ecosystems. A founding director of The Land Conservancy, and part of an island-wide effort to secure about 6,000 acres of sensitive watershed lands on Saltspring Island, she has spent most of the last two decades promoting and facilitating conservation and stewardship.

Please come out and join us, this is a project that everyone can be involved in. If you have questions, please call Mario at 6877.