Matching campaign to protect KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest doubled!

On the first day of spring, Raincoast launched a $100,000 matching campaign toward the purchase and protection of KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest. We are thrilled to announce that due to a generous anonymous pledge of an additional $100,000, our matching campaign has been doubled!

In mid-March, Raincoast and our partners at the Pender Islands Conservancy initiated a $100,000 matching campaign toward the purchase and protection of 45 acres of Coastal Douglas-fir habitat on the edge of the Salish Sea. This was made possible due to a generous financial pledge from Sitka Foundation.

This chance for supporters to double their impact was intended to extend until Earth Day (April 22nd). However, in recent days an additional $100,000 has been pledged toward our matching campaign by an anonymous donor. This brings the matching campaign total to $200,000! 

To help us reach this ambitious goal, we are extending the deadline of the campaign to June 8th, 2022, World Ocean Day and the first day of the Year of the Salish Sea. This means that every dollar committed to protecting KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest on S,DÁYES (Pender Island) between now and then will be quadrupled.

Our progress so far

Since launching the initial matching campaign on March 21, 2022, $27,079.94 has been raised. This means we have to raise $172,920.06 before our matching campaign deadline on June 8th. As of April 14th, the total overall amount raised since launching the campaign on December 22, 2021 is $197,079.94.

KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest exists at the interface between land and sea. It overlooks Plumper Sound, which is critical habitat for the threatened Southern Resident killer whale population. We have 18-months to raise our target of $2.1 million to protect this collection of forest, wetland, and foreshore habitats. With the ongoing support of our community of supporters, protecting this land in perpetuity will become a reality. You can track our progress and learn more about Raincoast’s land protection work by visiting the campaign page

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  3. We understand that financial support isn’t always possible for everyone. If you have alternative ideas about how you can help contact shauna [at] raincoast [dot] org.

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Coastal wolf with a salmon in its month.
Photo by Dene Rossouw.