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Millions raised - BTC donors leading the charge to preserve the Niagara Escarpment's natural wonders

Hamilton, November 22, 2013

On November 14, 2013 the Bruce Trail Conservancy celebrated the more than $2.9 million dollars raised this past year for Niagara Escarpment land preservation and conservation.  More than 175 Conservancy donors, volunteers and staff came together at the Conservancy's annual Donor Recognition Event at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre to honour the work begun decades ago to preserve land on the Niagara Escarpment along the route of the Bruce Trail.

The Conservancy's dedicated donors gathered to celebrate the personal gifts that set this year apart.  In addition to the many cash donations made in 2013, the Conservancy received donations of land worth more than $638,000, representing 144 acres of irreplaceable Niagara Escarpment landscape.  These generous donors have entrusted their land to the Conservancy, thereby ensuring it remains forever natural and accessible via the Bruce Trail.  Gifts of land are of critical importance to the mission of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and speak volumes of the trust these landowners have in this charity.

Through its 50th Anniversary Milestones Project, the Conservancy will raise funds to secure and steward 5,000 acres of Niagara Escarpment land containing the Bruce Trail, between 2012 and 2017.  This past year the 50th Anniversary Theme was "Sharing the Trail", and the achievements of the year reflect the dedication of Conservancy's members, volunteers, donors and landowners to sharing the beauties of the Bruce Trail and the Niagara Escarpment.  Speaking at the event, Beth Gilhespy, Executive Director, put the donors' impact into perspective, "Because of you, ten new nature reserves were created this year - securing 562 acres of irreplaceable Escarpment landscape, and adding more permanence to our long history of sharing.  Our organization is buoyed by the strong commitment of you, our donors, especially at a time when funding from government agencies has all but disappeared".

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  

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Marsha Russell
Director of Marketing and Communications
The Bruce Trail Conservancy