Northumberland Land Trust seeks funds and land donations

The Northumberland Land Trust (NLT) recently announced that it is launching a campaign to raise $5 million for the acquisition, preservation and management of ecologically important lands in Northumberland County.

The Northumberland Land Trust currently oversees more than 1200 acres on 13 properties throughout the county, and has another one-hundred-acre property in transition to NLT ownership.
 
“The Northumberland Land Trust protects nature reserves forever, and that requires support from members of the community,” said Rob Kennedy, President of the Northumberland Land Trust.  “We know there are people who want to support the preservation of land so they can have access to the beauty and wonder of natural habitat.  We need their help now so we can continue to ensure that access.”
 
NLT must undertake a variety of stewardship and restoration projects on each nature reserve including invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, signage, native species plantings, building and installing bird boxes and many other restoration projects.  These efforts help ensure the properties restore and/or maintain habitat for local, native species as well as migratory birds and species at risk. During the NLT’s Birdathon in the Spring of 2023, several at-risk species of birds were spotted nesting on NLT reserves.  The NLT also holds free, guide-led walks for the public to experience the reserves.
 
“There are people who want to donate their land as part of their estate planning,” added Rob.  “We help the owners sever the land from their house for the donation to NLT.  Severances have tax implications and require surveys, legal documents and township approval, and this process can cost up to $30,000. Our fundraising will help cover these costs.”
 
People can donate through the NLT’s website at https://nltrust.ca/ or contact people at info@nltrust.ca or call: 416 316-4318
 
About Northumberland Land Trust
The Northumberland Land Trust is committed to preserving the natural heritage of Northumberland County.  Its mandate is to establish, maintain and manage protected areas.  The Northumberland Land Trust is a not for profit, charitable organization, which accepts donations of land, enters into conservation agreements for the permanent protection of natural landscapes, forests, farms and waterways and provides public education and information on land conservation tools.  The Trust also raises funds to purchase land in Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada for the purposes of conservation.  The Trust is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing a cross section of the community including landowners, farmers, business people and professionals
 

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