In the News

  1. Media Releases
    1. April 23, 2015 - This spring, another highly successful and controlled prescribed burn was completed at the Northumberland Land Trust's McEwen Nature Reserve on Saturday April 18, 2015. The burn was conducted by Lands and Forests Consulting and observed by Val Deziel from the Nature Conservancy of Canada along with John Geale and Bill Newell of the Northumberland Land Trust. The burn crew arrived about 9:00 am to prepare the site, the burn was completed by 1:30 pm, and the crew departed about 2 hours later after ensuring that the fire was completely extinguished.
    2. Feb 3, 2015 - The third and last in this winter's series of free presentations hosted by the Northumberland Land Trust will be held on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. The Northumberland Land Trust Speaker Series takes place at the Cobourg Community Centre, 750 D'Arcy St, Cobourg. The title of Susan Chan's presentation is "An Introduction to the Native Bees of Ontario".
    3. May 1, 2014 - This spring, a highly successful and controlled prescribed burn was completed at the Northumberland Land Trust's McEwen Reserve on Thursday April 24, 2014. The burn was conducted by Lands and Forests Consulting and observed by Val Deziel from the Nature Conservancy of Canada along with John Geale, Bill Newell and Bill Crowley of the Northumberland Land Trust. The burn crew arrived about 11:30 am and the burn was completed by 5:00 pm. Photographer Bill Crowley documented the burn.
    4. February 4, 2014 - The seventh natural wonder of the Trent River valley is the subject of the next free presentation in the Northumberland Land Trust 2013-2014 Speaker Series at 600 William Street in Cobourg on February 11th. Everyone is welcome for refreshments at 7 p.m. and Ewa Bednarczuk's presentation at 7:30 p.m.
    5. January 6, 2014 - Learn about the Northumberland County trail systems including opportunities for hiking, biking, and canoeing during this presentation by Cori Arthur on Thursday, January 14th.
    6. February 4, 2013 - Butterflies are the subject of the next free lecture in the Northumberland Land Trust 2012-2013 series at 600 William Street in Cobourg on February 21st. Everyone is welcome for refreshments at 7 p.m. and Cheyenne Blaker's presentation at 7:30 p.m.
    7. January 1, 2013 - Learn about tools to protect our heritage trees and cultural landscapes
      Protecting and conserving our natural heritage is the subject of Barbara Heidenreich's
      workshop on Thursday, January 10th.
    8. October 26, 2012 - Stimulating Lectures to Highlight Features of Northumberland's Ecosystem
    9. June 8, 2012 - Recent stewardship and fund-raising activities.
    10. November 3, 2009 - The Northumberland Land Trust received generous funding from the OLTAP program in 2009. It  was used to produce a detailed Baseline Documentation Report on Mrs Molly Leckey’s Cramahe property when she donated a 177 acre Conservation Easement to the Northumberland Land Trust. Full Release.
    11. January 21, 2009 - Another 52 acres of land on the Oak Ridges Moraine is to be preserved by the Northumberland Land Trust. This latest acquisition, in part a generous gift by Dr. David Pelton of Alnwick/Haldimand and in part funded by Nature Conservancy of Canada's Greenlands Program and the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, was completed early in January 2009.
    12. December 16, 2008. MPP Lou Rinaldi announced a $23,000 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to further the work of the Northumberland Land Trust. Full Release.
    13. April 14, 2008 - The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Northumberland Land Trust celebrate the donation of 100 acres of conservation land on the Oak Ridges Moraine
    14. January 29, 2007 - Environmental Commissioner to hold open news conference in Cobourg.
    15. January 26, 2007 - Environmental Commissioner to address Land Trust Gala Dinner
    16. December 7, 2005 - Land Trust celebrates acquisition of first property for preservation
    17. November 18, 2004 - Northumberland Land Trust established
  2. Newsletters and brochures
    1. The Preserver May 2015
    2. The Preserver February 2015
    3. General Brochure January 2015
    4. The Preserver November 2014
    5. The Preserver August 2014
    6. Wallace Birdathon 2014 Report
    7. The Preserver May 2014
    8. The Preserver February 2014
    9. General Brochure 2013
    10. The Preserver November 2013
    11. The Preserver August 2013
    12. The Preserver May 2013
    13. Wallace Birdathon 2013 report
    14. February 2013 Newsletter
    15. November 2012 Newsletter
    16. August 2012 Newsletter
    17. May 2012 Newsletter 
    18. February 2012 Newsletter
    19. Wallace Birdathon 2012 Report
    20. General Brochure 2010
    21. General Brochure 2009
    22. Fall Newsletter 2010
    23. Summer Newsletter 2010
    24. Summer Newsletter 2009 - Support required
    25. Spring 2009
    26. Winter 2008/09
    27. Spring 2008
    28. Winter 2007/08
    29. Fall 2007
  3. Events
    1. See upcoming events on Events page
  4. Articles in Newspapers and Magazines
    1. Land Trust nets conservation monies
    2. Newspaper Update & McEwen Property Walk - Cobourg Star and Port Hope Guide, Friday, November 9, 2007
    3. Land Trust planning for future - Cobourg Star and Port Hope Guide, March 15th, 2006
  5. News and Article Archive
    1. Spring Tree Planting - May 3, 2006
    2. Acquisition of Laurie Lawson Property - Cobourg Star report Dec 8, 2005.
    3. Northumberland Land Trust - A Report - by Bill Logan
    4. Building a “Bridge” in Northumberland - Cobourg Star and Port Hope Guide June 30th, 2005 - by Bill Johnson
    5. Original By-Laws #1 - 2004 (Replaced 2014)

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Land Trust nets conservation monies
Jan 5, 2010

Northumberland's Land Trust was the recipient of funding in 2009 to assist with the acquisition of a 177-acre piece of property in Cramahe Township.

"We would have had tremendous difficulty in completing the work were it not for the generosity of the Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program (OLTAP)," said James Thomas, president of the local chapter.

Northumberland received more than $3,200 to produce a detailed Baseline Documentation Report on Molly Leckey's Cramahe property when she donated the 177-acre Conservation Easement to the Northumberland Land Trust.

Prior to that grant, Northumberland received $9,000 toward legal fees, a survey and appraisal of the easement in 2007.
"It is our job to preserve and protect these lands into perpetuity," said Thomas.

Dedicated to conservation, Minister of Natural Resources Donna Cansfield's ministry supports the Ontario Land Trust that provides land trusts with financial grants towards the costs of land securement transactions to help conserve Ontario's biodiversity.

To date, the OLTAP grants of over $630,000 have helped land trusts protect 9,421 acres of land with an appraised value of $24.3 million.

There was a meeting last month that was part of the annual conference of Ontario land trusts and other conservationists in Barrie. Minister Cansfield reviewed the many accomplishments by her ministry in land conservation and expressed her support of the work done by land trusts and the Ontario Land Trust Alliance.

"This was an opportunity for land trusts to meet with the Minister and express their appreciation for the Ministry of Natural Resources' support for land conservation at the community level. The Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program is extremely important and we are grateful that the Minister recognizes the valuable contribution land trusts make to support Ontario's biodiversity," says Ian Macnab, Executive Director of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance.

Land trusts are non-profit, charitable organizations that have as one of their core activities the acquisition of land or interests in land (such as conservation easements) for the purpose of conservation. Most land trusts focus on conserving the biological values of land but across the continent, land trusts have also been established to protect scenic, historical, agricultural and recreational lands.

According to Elisabeth La Fontaine, director of communications for the Northumberland Land Trust, their job is to ensure no development takes place on lands such as the one donated by Leckey.

She says that Leckey donated the land in order to conserve it forever, so when the land is sold, the easement remains on the property.

It's the land trust's responsibility to visit the property periodically to check for any type of development to the cutting of trees, she says.

"The onus is on us to keep a good relationship with the owners," said La Fontaine.

Northumberland Today
Joyce Cassin jcassin@northumbrelandtoday.com

Newspaper Update & McEwen Property Walk
November 9, 2007
by Elisabeth M. La Fontaine

The work of the Northumberland Land Trust continues apace! The Mission of this not-for-profit organization is to 'Preserve the natural, historical and cultural heritage of Northumberland County' and with a recent donation of 100 acres in Hope Township they are doing just that.

Discussions are well advanced between The Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Northumberland Land Trust to settle on the terms of a land-holding agreement that will ensure long-term protection for this property. The land was donated to NCC by the McEwen family with the understanding that it would be transferred, for monitoring and stewardship, to NLT.

A view of the McEwen Property

The property is a tract of rolling wooded game forest and open fields, directly adjacent to the Ganaraska Forest. It also contains some prairie elements. The habitats include meadows, Oak Pine Forest, White Cedar Coniferous Forest, a Birch-Poplar mixed swamp, a creek and a rich pond. The property directly abuts the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority lands to the west, and contributes to forest interior conditions on surrounding lands, and includes a headwater tributary of the Ganaraska River.

The area around the property is known to have the threatened Eastern Hognose snake. Areas of appropriate habitat are present on this property for this species.

The Oak Ridges Moraine Trail runs along the concession road at the south end of the property.

Since December 2005, when the Laurie Lawson Educational Centre on Telegraph Road, was donated to the Land Trust, the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board has continued to provide outdoor educational programs for approximately 125,000 students every year. KPRDSB provides a full-time instructor and the building on the property is used as an educational classroom. It has been and will continue to be used by local students to learn about forest management, geography and ecology.

In addition, Northumberland Land Trust is working on finalizing a conservation easement over more than 100 acres on a private property in Cramahe Township.

Once registered, this agreement will protect a combination of high open hills and a portion of the forested slopes and valley of Salt Creek. This is a signficant natural area identified by the Lower Trent Conservation Authority. Many land-owners would like to see certain areas of their land protected in perpetuity either through a direct donation of land or by means of a conservation easement which provides them with a tax benefit. Dr. Doug Galt, President of the Northumberland Land Trust says, "there's no such thing as free land". He goes on to explain that with a donation of land comes the need for an appraisal, a survey, legal and conveyancing fees, a baseline documentation report and ongoing stewardship expenses.
An enthusiastic group posing just before the walk (below left) on the McEwen Property
All of this takes time and money but in end, the environment is the winner. In 1832, Catherine Parr Traill painted a word-picture of the Tall Grass Prairie and Black Oak Savanna of the Rice Lake Plains as an azure sea, brilliant with the blues of wild lupines. Nearly 200 years later less than 1 percent of this habitat remains.

In an effort to conserve and re-establish this vulnerable area, The Northumberland Land Trust has recently become a partner in the Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative with the Alderville First Nation, The Corporation of the County of Northumberland, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority, The Nature Conservancy of Canada and Ontario Parks.

The partners share an interest in promoting the long-term sustainability of the area known as the "Rice Lake Plains", approximately 400,000 hectares on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The ORM is an environmentally significant part of Ontario particularly important as a ground water re-charge area with significant forest and headwater habitats and with globally rare tallgrass communities including prairies, savannas, barrens and oak woodlands which have become increasingly fragmented and otherwise threatened.

In an effort to create awareness of the Oak Ridges Moraine in Northumberland County, the Northumberland Land Trust is hosting an evening to talk about the importance of the ORM. The speaker, Debbe Crandall, Executive Director of the STORM Coalition, has some 30 years of expertise working with the ORM.

If you would like to support the valuable work of the Northumberland Land Trust, there is a lot of work for volunteers for stewarding and on committees. For more information please check our website, www.northumberlandlandtrust.ca [this site] or write to
Tel: 905.349.9990 x 1.