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Nature Conservancy of Canada new owners of most of Clayoquot Island

Susan Bloom purchased much of Stubbs Island (since renamed Clayoquot Island) in 1990 to protect it. Now that Bloom has donated the land to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the forest will be protected in perpetuity.

Two-thirds of island protected from development, returned to natural state since 1990 purchase

Susan Bloom purchased Stubbs Island (since renamed Clayoquot Island) in 1990. Now that she has donated the majority of land to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the forest will be protected in perpetuity. (Jade Vovers)

Most of Clayoquot Island, a one-kilometre-wide forested island off the shore of Tofino, B.C., will become a nature preserve after a landowner donated a large portion of it to the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

Susan Bloom purchased Stubbs Island (since renamed Clayoquot Island) in 1990 to protect it. Now that Bloom has donated the majority of the land to the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the forest will be protected in perpetuity.

"Today is a wonderful day for conservation," Nature Conservancy regional vice president Linda Hannah told All Points West host Robyn burns.

Hikers walk through the Clayoquot Island Preserve. (Jill Patterson)

"Ms. Bloom, when she purchased the island in 1990, had a dream and a vision of conservation, and through her tenacity and hard work, she has really made that dream come alive."

Stubbs Island was an early Hudson's Bay Company trading outpost on the West Coast with a fishing village, hotel, school, jailhouse and general store.

After Bloom bought her portion of the island, she restored it to a wild state, established a heritage garden and shipped off what Hannah called "barges and barges" of material from the earlier settlement.

The public can visit the island once a year on the Victoria Day long weekend. (Jade Vovers)

Now that the Nature Conservancy has possession of Bloom's land, Hannah says they will be conducting an inventory of ecological sites, as well as cultural sites with local First Nations.

One third of the island is still owned by a private citizen and was not donated to the Nature Conservancy.

Clayoquot Island is in the foreground of this aerial shot. Behind it lies Felice Island, and behind that is Tofino on Vancouver Island. (Nature Conservancy of Canada)

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