Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) is a dynamic land conservation charity with an impressive track record of growth. Our mission is to care for the lands entrusted to us and help others protect the land they love in the Kawarthas.
We create nature reserves for future generations by acquiring ecologically important properties and/or interests in properties. We also enhance our stewardship of the land by engaging landowners in land care initiatives through our Partners in Conservation program.
Founded in 2001, KLT protects 33 properties that include more than 5,350 acres of ecologically diverse lands, some of which include hiking trails that introduce thousands of people to nature in the Kawarthas every year. We have achieved our successes through the work of our dedicated and growing team of donors, volunteers and supporters. Together, we can ensure more natural spaces in the Kawarthas are preserved forever.
KLT works within the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig Territory and we are dedicated to continuing to create meaningful connections and relationships with First Nations communities in our region as we build upon these connections.
Originally called “Kawartha Hertitage Conservancy,” Kawartha Land Trust became a reality when its federal letters patent were issued on November 23, 2001, and its charitable status took effect on January 1, 2002.
We remain grateful to the early visionaries, KLT’s first board members — Phred Collins, Barbara Heidenreich, Terry Rees, and Mieke Schipper — and its first Executive Director, Ian Attridge, for starting a powerful conservation movement in the Kawarthas.
Photo: Kawartha Land Trust staff member on site visit at KLT’s Falls Property.