Entering the homestretch of the KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest fundraising campaign

There are two months left to protect forestland in the threatened Coastal Douglas-fir zone at the edge of the Salish Sea.

Over the past ten months, Raincoast and the Pender Islands Conservancy have raised $1,445,656.46 to protect this special place and secure, in perpetuity,  an old growth forest of the future. Despite this notable progress, we are still more than $600,000 away from our $2.1 million target. We have a long way to go and only two months to get there. But you can help! If everyone who read this article donated $100 we could secure the protection of this land before the end of the year.

You have the opportunity to become one of the pivotal donors to make the protection of KELA_KE Kingfisher Forest a reality. Will you join our community of supporters?

Looking for another way to support our land protection campaign?

We understand that a large financial contribution is not possible for everyone. If you are looking for a different way to help protect KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest and CDF forests more generally, consider these options: 

About KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest

KELÁ_EKE Kingfisher Forest is a 45 acre property located at the meeting place between land and sea. Here belted kingfishers forage along the marine shoreline of Plumper Sound on  S,DÁYES (Pender Island) as well as in the freshwater aquatic habitat of neighbouring wetlands. Their nest burrows line the cut bank near the shore, leading to the Coastal Douglas-fir forest (CDF) above. More than any other single species, kingfishers knit all the diverse habitats on this land together through their life cycle, holding forest, ocean, and wetland on their brilliant blue wings.

Over the past few years, unprecedented levels of drought have been experienced throughout the Salish Sea, suggesting that climate change is already disrupting the historically stable climate envelope of this region. Such impacts exacerbate existing stressors such as fragmentation, canopy loss, non-native species invasions, and other human-caused disruptions. Due to the uncertainty of climate change, and the compounding effects forest removal has on climate change impacts, the best thing we can do is protect remaining intact forests and other ecosystems.

You can help

Raincoast’s in-house scientists, collaborating graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and professors make us unique among conservation groups. We work with First Nations, academic institutions, government, and other NGOs to build support and inform decisions that protect aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, and the wildlife that depend on them. We conduct ethically applied, process-oriented, and hypothesis-driven research that has immediate and relevant utility for conservation deliberations and the collective body of scientific knowledge.

We investigate to understand coastal species and processes. We inform by bringing science to decision-makers and communities. We inspire action to protect wildlife and wildlife habitats.

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