Committed to Conservation
HAMILTON (March 3, 2008)- The Bruce Trail Conservancy (formerly The Bruce Trail Association) joined its conservation partners today in celebrating the protection of hundreds of hectares of natural land along the Niagara Escarpment, and recognized the significant effort made by its volunteers and donors in achieving these successes. The celebration was held at the School Sisters of Notre Dame building in Waterdown, Ontario.
In November 2007 and January 2008 the Bruce Trail Conservancy negotiated the acquisition of two properties along its Conservation Corridor on the Niagara Escarpment, resulting in more than 120 hectares that are now protected forever. Funds for the purchase of a portion of the School Sisters of Notre Dame property in Waterdown, and the Glassford Property at Coveney's Hill on the Bruce Peninsula, were made available through the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Greenlands program, a joint program (a partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources), by Ducks Unlimited (through their Eastern Habitat Protection Program), and by the generosity of the BTC's many donors. The BTC has also been the recipient of provincial funds made available by the Ontario Land Trust Alliance's Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program.
"Government funding programs such as these, facilitated by our many conservation partners, contributes to our mission to secure a conservation corridor on the Niagara Escarpment, and complements the significant contribution made by our many donors, our staff and our volunteers." said Beth Kümmling, Executive Director of the Bruce Trail Conservancy. "The Bruce Trail Conservancy has a long and successful history of securing a conservation corridor along the Niagara Escarpment. We have been directly responsible for the conservation of over 2,500 hectares of land along the Escarpment of which approximately 2,000 hectares is stewarded by dedicated volunteers in our unique Land Stewardship Program."
In 2007-2008 the Ministry of Natural Resources made a $5 million investment to protect key natural areas within the province. Natural Resources Minister Donna Cansfield said "I want to protect natural areas such as wetlands, forests, and sand dunes because they help us fight climate change, protect threatened animals and plants, and keep the environment healthy," Ontario is protecting key natural areas by working with conservation partners. With the help of its conservation partners, the province's investment has so far permanently protected 38 properties valued at over $17 million, securing close to 2,000 hectares of land.
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.
For more information about the Bruce Trail and the Bruce Trail Conservancy, please call 1.800.665.HIKE or visit www.brucetrail.org.