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Landowner Stewardship Program

Along the Niagara Escarpment, the Bruce Trail winds through protected areas like parks, conservation areas, and over 12,000 acres managed by the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC).

Between these ‘islands of conservation’, private landowners play a key role as caretakers of forests, waterways and fields.

The BTC’s Landowner Stewardship Program can assist you with enhancing the wildlife habitat on your property and contributing to the ecological health of the Niagara Escarpment.

Through the program, BTC staff and volunteers will provide you with information, advice, and resources to help you steward the land you love in a way that contributes to healthier, more biodiverse and more resilient Niagara Escarpment ecosystems.

If the Bruce Trail crosses your property, you are eligible for this program.

By participating, you can benefit from:

  • A free site visit with BTC staff to discuss your stewardship goals and your property’s ecological value
  • A stewardship plan that is tailored to your property and your interests
  • Information and resources on topics such as:
         - Environmentally-friendly land practices
         - Identifying and controlling invasive species
         - Sourcing and planting native flowers, shrubs and trees
         - Creating and maintaining wildlife habitat (especially for at-risk species)
         - Opportunities to permanently preserve land
  • Opportunities to collaborate with the BTC on eligible stewardship projects

For more information about the program or to arrange a site visit, contact Mara McHaffie at 1-800-665-4453 ext. 232 or landownerstewardship@brucetrail.org.


Download our Landowner Stewardship Program booklet [pdf] to learn more, and meet some of the landowners who are caring for their lands with the support of the program.

(This booklet was created in partnership with The Couchiching Conservancy and Nature Trust of New Brunswick.)