The Habitat Acquisition Trust was established in 1996 to protect locally significant habitat, endangered spaces and the species at risk they support on southern Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. HAT accomplishes that goal with three conservation tools. Acquisition projects like Ayum Creek in Sooke, British Columbia, helped to protect an urban salmon stream and provided one of the few protected areas for nesting purple martins in British Columbia. Conservation covenants with individual landowners and different levels of government allow HAT to protect habitat without purchasing it. Finally, public education through initiatives like the Habitat Acquisition Trust Land Stewardship Office are creating new bridges between scientists, conservation organizations, landowners, politicians, decision makers and the public. The HAT LSO was established in September of 1998 with seed money from the Capital Regional District and the Provincial Capital Commission...
MacDonald, A.. 1999. Habitat Acquisition Trust: Creating a Conservation Legacy (in Proc. Conference Biology & Management of Species and Habitats at Risk). Ministry of Environment, Lands and Parks. Conference Biology & ManagementProceedings. Vol. 2
Topic: Species and Ecosystems at Risk
Keywords: Habitat Acquisition Trust, HAT, conservation, habitat, species at risk, stewardship
Other Identifier: University College of the Cariboo
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