I attended the annual general meeting of the Land Conservancy of B.C. Despite the organization's precarious financial position, the meeting was very positive.
TLC is celebrating its 15th anniversary of helping to protect important natural and cultural areas of B.C. Over the years, this organization has developed connections with B.C. Parks, Capital Regional District Parks, and other conservancies that helped it protect properties including Sooke Hills, the Thetis Lake-Mount Work Connector and Burgoyne Bay Provincial Park on Saltspring Island.
TLC now needs our help. In its attempts to protect land, it is greatly overextended and some of the properties, such as beautiful Abkhazi Garden in Victoria and Sooke Potholes, might be at risk. TLC is restructuring itself to survive. It has cut staff by a drastic 80 per cent and now has its monthly expenses below its income. The immediate problem is the $1.2 million of short-term debt.
TLC needs donations to keep afloat. Even more importantly, it needs membership to persuade government, corporations and individuals of its importance.
We need organizations like TLC to protect B.C.'s special places, and we owe the organization a great debt. Now is the time to repay it.
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