More than 1,000 donors rallied behind the Bruce Trail Conservancy's latest land acquisition effort and their gifts ensured Niagara Escarpment land including the Beaver Valley's stunning Lawrence Homestead will be forever in in the permanent protection of the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC).
In Ontario's increasingly urbanized landscape the Conservancy is working to ensure critical Niagara Escarpment landscape remains in its natural state for everyone to explore and enjoy in perpetuity. The Conservancy is one of Ontario's largest land trusts, and its work in conserving and preserving Escarpment land is of growing importance.
The success of the Conservancy's recent fundraising campaign was carried by its dedicated donors - without any government funding - and is a testament to the value and importance people place on preserving the Niagara Escarpment's natural spaces and ensuring a permanent place for the Bruce Trail.
Donations from foundations and corporations were also critical to this land conservation effort. Committed partners like the ECHO Foundation, Diamond Integrated Marketing, SC Johnson & Son Ltd., Korax Inc., Samuel Group of Companies and KEEN Canada helped make this large scale conservation effort a reality. This campaign was launched with a $200,000 gift from the Gosling Foundation. Dr. Philip Gosling, a founder of the Bruce Trail, has demonstrated a longstanding and committed effort to further the mission of the BTC.
The Conservancy is committed to preserving and conserving the irreplaceable natural lands of the Niagara Escarpment. Over the past 50 years the Conservancy, a registered charity, has been directly responsible for the permanent preservation of almost 10,000 acres of land along the Niagara Escarpment. Through its 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.