What is a Land Trust?
A land trust is a charitable organization dedicated to conservation. A land trust may purchase land or receive land donations. Land donors receive receipts for tax purposes in the amount of the value of the land. The donated land is protected by a conservation easement. For more information about land trusts, visit the Ontario Land Trust Alliance‘s site.
History of the Lone Pine Land Trust
In 1991, the late Murial Braham purchased the original 86 acres of wetland on County Road 21 and Maple Grove Road in Northumberland, Ontario. An additional 49 acres which buffers the marsh from the surrounding agricultural activities was purchased, following fundraising efforts, in 1995. In 1996, Murial submitted an Application for Incorporation with the Ontario Ministry of Consumer and Commercial Relations and the Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary (LPMS) Inc. land trust was officially born.
The vision has gradually expanded. We began to dream of protecting more lands and waters along the Cold Creek and Marsh Creek Watersheds. Cold Creek is a high quality cold water stream that runs west to east from its headwaters north of Colborne and joins the Trent River at Frankford. The quality of the water and the diversity of life it supports are well worth trying to preserve.
In 2016, the members officially changed the name to Lone Pine Land Trust to reflect the inclusion of the additional properties now owned by the land trust.
Lone Pine Land Trust Today
We continue to be a local grassroots organization, run by a volunteer board of directors and supported by a dedicated membership, generous donors, and a supportive community. We are a registered not for profit organization and provide charitable tax receipts for donations. We are a members of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance, the Rice Lake Plains Joint Initiative, and the Ontario Heritage Trust. We are certified recipients of the Canadian Ecological Gift Program.
We currently have four properties totalling 371 acres. Find more information on the properties here.
Mission, Vision, Values
Vision: We believe that the wise stewardship of natural areas will ensure the sustainability of biodiversity.
Mission: Collaborating with landowners, organizations and members of the community to preserve the natural heritage of the Cold Creek and Marsh Creek Watersheds.
• Stewardship of important natural areas
• Protection of areas of significant natural heritage values
• Working with landowners and communities to protect and care for natural areas
• Providing educational opportunities on Land Trust properties where appropriate
Lone Pine Land Trust Outreach
LPLT hosts walks of our properties throughout the year. These walks are excellent opportunities to connect with others who enjoy the outdoors and to learn about our local plants and animals. We host work parties to improve the trails or habitats of our properties and we publish four newsletters for our members. Contact us to join!