Ontario Trillium Foundation makes a Commitment to Conservation with a $325,100 grant to the Bruce Trail Conservancy
The Bruce Trail Conservancy received a welcome endorsement from the Ontario Trillium Foundation in the form of a $325,100 three-year funding grant.
As a second-time recipient of a substantial OTF grant, the BTC appreciates the OTF's confidence in the Conservancy. Beth Kümmling, Executive Director of the Bruce Trail Conservancy explains, "The Bruce Trail Conservancy works very hard to secure funds for land acquisition. People have come to view the Conservancy as the capable stewards of their precious Escarpment natural spaces. Finding funds for growing our organization is a unique challenge. That is why funding sources like the Ontario Trillium Foundation are of utter importance to groups like the Bruce Trail Conservancy".
In total, the OTF has granted the BTC close to $1 million dollars since 2001. A substantial grant in 2001 allowed the BTC to enhance the organization's capacity and resulted in the creation of three staff positions to develop fundraising, marketing and volunteer programs. The result of that funding is a strong and thriving Bruce Trail Conservancy, that today is one of Ontario's largest land trusts.
The BTC's success has created new challenges and opportunities for the dynamic non-profit. Today more than 2,500 hectares of Escarpment land have been secured and are managed by the BTC. Bruce Trail volunteers, with the support of a small BTC staff, care for this preserved land. The main Trail itself is 894 km long, with over 400 km of side trails.
As more Escarpment land is acquired, more resources are needed to care and steward these lands. The 2008 OTF grant will allow new resources to be directed towards our unique Land Stewardship Program, to ensure the lands are managed in an environmentally sound manner. In addition, funding from this grant will be dedicated to increasing the BTC's membership base and to enhance member and volunteer engagement within the BTC. New outreach programs will be developed to share the irreplaceable Bruce Trail with more people.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation is an agency of the Government of Ontario. For over 25 years, the Foundation has supported the growth and vitality of communities across the province. OTF continues to strengthen the capacity of the volunteer sector through investments in community-based initiatives. For more information, please visit www.trilliumfoundation.org.
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.