For Immediate Release
HAMILTON, January 18, 2013 -
In an unprecedented show of support, Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) donors rallied together and secured five nature reserves in record time. Because of their efforts, 292 acres of irreplaceable Niagara Escarpment land is permanently preserved for conservation. Amazingly, it took less than 90 days to raise the $1.3 million needed to secure Songbird Nature Reserve, Cedar Springs Woods, Fairmount Wetland, Kimberley Springs and Pinnacle Rock.
The Bruce Trail Conservancy announced its 50th Anniversary Milestones Project in November and shared its ambitious goal to secure 292 acres of land before December 31st. The acquisitions were possible due to a wonderful expression of support from a variety of donors, including a land donation by the Peter Richardson Family, $250,000 from the Gosling Foundation, $450,000 from Anonymous donors, $25,000 from KEEN Canada, $10,000 from the Hatch Foundation and personal gifts from more than 1,000 individual donors.
All the funds raised will be used to add 292 acres to the BTC's conservation corridor and support the associated programs to manage these lands and make them available to the public.
Raising $1.3 million dollars without any government support is an amazing accomplishment for a land trust. It is a testament to the value and importance people place on securing the Niagara Escarpment's natural spaces and ensuring a permanent place for the Bruce Trail.
The five nature reserves secured highlight the diversity and stunning natural beauty of the Niagara Escarpment. Nature enthusiasts can now explore the secured reserves and be treated to large and lively wetlands, mature forests alive with birdsong, bubbling springs, fern laden woods, and the soaring and iconic Pinnacle Rock.
"I am truly humbled by the outpouring of support this campaign generated. So many people came together to ensure these nature spaces are forever preserved, and that our Trail remains a world-class sanctuary for those who want to explore the Escarpment's wonders now and in the future. We are inspired and invigorated by everyone's unwavering commitment." said Beth Kümmling, BTC Executive Director.
Through the 50th Anniversary Milestones Project, the Bruce Trail Conservancy plans to permanently secure and preserve 5,000 acres of Escarpment land, provide for their stewardship and rehabilitation, and ensure trails on these lands are of the highest ecological and recreational standard. The five nature reserves secured will contribute 292 acres towards this bold conservation goal.
About The Bruce Trail Conservancy
The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.