YOU Did it!!!
Thanks to your contributions big and small, $1 Million was raised since September 2010 to support the work of your Land Trust.
What makes this effort so special?
Consider what just one acre of forest does for you:
- It cleans the air you breathe.
- It cools your climate.
- Forests help to cool, clean and regulate water with roots protecting you from run-off and erosion.
- A forest shelters wildlife, birds and insects who contribute to pollination, disperse seeds and provide for recreation.
The Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust has over 3,700 acres under protection, right now. That means your grass-roots charity is now helping to contribute over $5,000,000 in non-market ecological services annually. This number will only grow.
Your $1 Million could have been the price for one property. Instead, this Land Trust, YOUR Land Trust, is stretching your investment much further. The Trust enables private landowners to commit to protection and spreads responsibility to a much larger community of concerned citizens like you.
Thank you for every donation, large or small. You made a difference!
Launched in the fall of 2010 and Chaired by the Honourable H.N. (Hal) Jackman, reaching this target proves that the Land Trust work is important to you. The $1 Million is already being focused on two key areas.
The Land Forever Fund has been established to provide for the perpetual care of the lands entrusted to ORMLT.
What will this fund do?
The Trust has protected over 46 properties to date which have to be monitored:
- to reduce risks on the Trust’s properties, and
- to ensure compliance with the Conservation Easement on others.
Depending on the size of the property and complexity of the agreement itself the annual monitoring visits can range in costs from $500 to $900. Some are monitored by volunteers, others are not. The Trust can ensure the ability to conduct monitoring with this fund now established.
Site visits include:
- pre-visit contact and arrangements with the landowner,
- addressing items and questions raised during visits
- report writing and retention,
- post-visit follow-up responding to landowner wishes to engage in invasive species removal or other hands-on stewardship action.
Monitoring visits are a great time to advise landowners of assistance from other organizations who can help with this sort of activity.
Securement of Lands and Outreach to Landowners is the other area of focus for the $1 Million raised.
What will the money do?
For each land transaction, including "donated" lands and easements, the Trust incurs expenses that can range from $20,000 to $50,000.
Considerable time is invested in relationship building and walking landowners through the process of donating conservation easements or land. There are requirements for surveys, assessments, appraisals and legal costs – all required independently of the landowner’s advisors.
The cost and challenge of reaching into 32 municipalities, each with many social groups and fraternal clubs and organizations, each with differences in issues, across the Moraine, and sheer distances to be travelled, takes time and money. This Securement Outreach ensures that the circle of “land protectors” continues to spread.
Landowner outreach programs are targeted at "multiplier" audiences, those who lead and influence others in their understanding of how the Moraine functions and why it requires protection in cooperation with private landowners.