Many landowners feel a special connection to their property and want to see it protected and cared for in perpetuity. If you are a landowner and would like to consider preserving and protecting all or some of its natural features for future generations, there are multiple options.
Some landowners wish to protect the natural features before passing it on to the next generation. Others may see conservation as a way to resolve property or potential income tax challenges. Other motivations may include ensuring privacy from neighbours or sorting out the future use of a property currently shared by members of an expanding family.
Conservation of your property can occur by transferring ownership to Kawartha Land Trust or retaining ownership of your property through a Conservation Easement Agreement (CEAO. There are different responsibilities and implications for each of the various options.
KLT can secure and responsibly manage land in the Kawarthas, in collaboration with property owners. We are a community based and community driven charitable organization, supported by professional staff and volunteers (i.e., we are not a government organization).
Of course, any transfer of sale of property requires significant legal and financial advice and this section of the website is intended to give you a very brief overview of what it means to give land. All landowners considering a donation should contact their lawyer and accountant for independent advice.
For all properties, there are certain steps that the KLT must follow. By considering each of these steps, the KLT ensures that its activities are following the standards and practices of the Canadian Land Trust Alliance. This also ensures that the property fits the mission of the organization and that the KLT is capable in adequately stewarding the property going forward.
We work with you to explore the options and determine what will provide your property with the most sound conservation package and provide you with the best financial arrangement for your unique situation.
If you own land with forests in the Kawarthas or, perhaps, a combination of habitats, you know how special that land is.