Things that were once impossible to raise enough funds for have now become possible with crowdfunding. In the latest example of such, a foundation in British Columbia, Canada, successfully fundraised $3 million to purchase nearly 2,000 acres (800 hectares) of forest in order to protect it from logging.

The land is in Princess Louisa Inlet, a stunning remote fjord at the top of Jervis Inlet, that is already a popular destination for boaters. When several logging companies expressed interest in the privately-owned land, many citizens were upset. They approached the foundation and asked what could be done to protect the area. A price was negotiated, but a deadline of August 28 added pressure to the subsequent fundraising campaign. 

Still, even with the approaching deadline, small donations from all over the world came in and allowed the foundation to buy the land, protecting it from loggers and preserving the stunning Princess Louisa Inlet. It’s a wonderful success story of how motivated citizens can effect real change by voting with their wallets.