TLC The Land Conservancy of BC is a non-profit land trust engaging people in protecting and caring for BC’s natural areas, historic sites, farms and ranches, and places of community and recreational importance.
In 1997, five Victoria residents, inspired by The National Trust of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, each put forward $100 to found TLC. Within 4 months, the fledgling organization had registered its first conservation covenant and within 13 months, they had purchased their first property; South Winchelsea Island. By the end of 1998, TLC had protected more than 1,200 acres of land across British Columbia and had grown from five members to 200.
The vision of TLC’s founding members was to create an organization that would protect BC’s nature spaces along with historic, recreational, agricultural and scenic places. TLC would be democratic, with an elected Board of Directors and would work in a non-confrontational, businesslike manner to protect properties in perpetuity. A core principle of the organization would be to work in partnership, with government, businesses, industry, community groups and individuals, to protect British Columbia’s landscapes.
Today, TLC has continued to conserve special places in BC, with over 300 properties and 125,000 acres in our care. Our original vision has grown to inspire people to lead conservation in their communities, adopting TLC as their agent for change. TLC is proud to work on behalf of over 8,000 Members.