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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 30 properties that include more than 5,000 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.
A future where 30% of the Kawartha Region is characterized by protected natural spaces and connections that support health and representative ecosystems and landscapes.
Caring for lands entrusted to us and helping others protect the land they love in the Kawarthas
Conservation: Land conservation and protection of heritage matters deeply to people who live in the Kawarthas and beyond. The natural environment in this region has attracted people and sustained life since time immemorial. We acknowledge and honour the land stewardship of previous and current generations in protecting and caring for healthy and diverse ecosystems that support quality of life today. We are committed to making conservation efforts permanent by protecting and caring for ecologically important lands and the connections between those lands, so that current and future generations can thrive.
Collaboration: We know that working collaboratively can achieve greater impact. To protect a deeply-connected landscape we need a mix of privately and publicly-protected lands, private land stewardship, and supportive government policy. We actively nurture relationships with volunteers, donors, staff, and community partners whose mandates and undertakings complement our own. We value collaborations that are built on trust, respect, and accountability to each other and the land we protect.
Transparency: Earning the trust of the community means that we need to be transparent with our plans for the land we manage, with our finances, and with our stewardship not only of the land but also of the donations and volunteer contributions of our supporters. Above all else, KLT is a Trust, and we mean to keep that trust for generations.
Integrity: Leading with integrity means we implement high-quality, ethical programs that have long-term positive social and environmental impacts in our community. We are committed to protecting and conserving land using evidence-based standards, best practices, and being accountable to our volunteers, donors, community partners, and the land on which we work.
Innovation: Recognizing that our work is long-term, we value and encourage innovative ideas and solutions as we respond to changing social, political and environmental circumstances.
We, Kawartha Land Trust, respectfully acknowledge that we work and are located on the Treaty 20 Michi Saagiig territory and in the traditional territory of the Michi Saagiig and Chippewa Nations, collectively known as the Williams Treaties First Nations, which include Curve Lake, Hiawatha, Alderville, Scugog Island, Rama, Beausoleil and Georgina Island First Nations.
We offer our gratitude to First Nations for their care for, and teachings about, the earth and our relationship to it. Kawartha Land Trust honours these teachings through stewardship and respect for the land we protect.