The Highlands Stewardship Foundation (HSF) promotes an integrated approach to community stewardship that incorporates land, water and lakes, and engages local citizens to control invasive species, monitor parks and become aware and responsive to climate change. HSF regularly provides information to District of Highlands Council and collaborates with other community groups.
- 1989: Incorporated as the Gowlland Foundation to protect the Gowlland Range, one of the last remaining natural areas in Greater Victoria. Comprising more than 1,200 hectares, Gowlland-Tod Parkwas established in 1995 as a result of a unique partnership between government, enterprise and local community groups.
- 2004: Merged with the Highlands Lake Stewardship Group to become Highlands Stewardship Foundation.
- 2004 – Present: Coordinated and supported a program to control invasive species: Broom and gorse along roadways, and American Bullfrogs in local lakes.
- 2007 – 2008: Funded and installed weather stationsin the Highlands to monitor weather patterns through a partnership with UVIC.
- 2009 – 2011: Conceived and funded the “Save Mary Lake” Campaign to promote ecological conservation and community use of 100 acre property. One result of this effort was the site for the new Highlands Community Hall.
- 2009 – 2012: Initiated the District of Highlands Groundwater Monitoring Task Forcethat subsequently completed a 3 Phase Groundwater Protection Study.
The HSF provides information to council and collaborates with theDistrict of Highlands, Highlands District Community Association, BC Lake Stewardship Society, BC Ministry of Environment, Capital Regional District, Royal Roads University, the University of Victoriaand other community associations in areas of common interest.
In 2004, the Highlands Stewardship Foundation was recognized with the CRD Eco-Star Award for its community work in restoration and conservation.