The purchase and permanent protection of this property is an ambitious undertaking by Raincoast and our partners at the Pender Islands Conservancy Association. We must raise $2.1 million. In pursuit of this goal, today we released our campaign video to introduce our community to KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest with an announcement: between now and Earth Day, every dollar donated to the protection of this forest will be doubled by Sitka Foundation up to $100,000.
KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest on S,DÁYES, Pender Island, links wetlands to the sea across 45 acres of Coastal Douglas-fir habitats, including an intertidal shoreline that overlooks the critical habitat for Southern Resident killer whales. It is home to a diversity of bird and amphibian species, and is a critical piece in protecting the larger watershed around Razor Point.
Tracts of undeveloped land are becoming increasingly rare around the Salish Sea, where rates of private land ownership are higher than anywhere else in British Columbia. But intact ecosystems provide habitat, food, and climate regulating services, all of which are critical for everyone who calls these places home.
Our success so far
Since launching this campaign in late December 2021, we have raised $170,000, bringing us to nearly 10% of our overall goal. One hundred percent of these funds have come from community members and local businesses, most of whom are based on the islands within the Salish Sea, but also including folks from across Canada. This demonstrates what is possible when our community comes together to take conservation action. Thank you to all who have contributed so generously already!
To celebrate the end of the year, we are so happy to be able to offer matching campaigns on two of our most pressing fundraising initiatives.
All donations to both the Southern Great Bear Rainforest tenure acquisition and our KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest initiative, will be matched until the end of the year. This is a great opportunity for our supporters, like you, to make your impact go twice as far, while benefiting from tax deductions.