|This case looks at social capital formation on Saltspring Island in response to the Texada Land Corporation logging operations. As a result of a campaign waged by the Islanders, involving sophisticated communications strategies nationally and internationally, an agreement was reached between the Land Conservancy, CRD Parks and the province of British Columbia to purchase 665 hectares from Texada for $15.9 million. Additional land acquisitions have brought the total area of land conserved to over 2500 acres.
Saltspring Island is the largest and most populated of the Canadian Gulf Islands at seventeen miles long and nine miles wide. Salt Spring lies in the sheltered waters off the east coast of Vancouver Island, midway between Victoria and Vancouver BC. Salt Spring Island is accessible by three ferry routes and three scheduled airlines from Vancouver. Ganges is the primary village on Saltspring and the location of most shops, stores, galleries and services.