Northumberland Land Trust acquires 100 acres to create new reserve 

de Lint donation creates the 14th property under the land trust’s care 

Cobourg, ON, February 2, 2024 – The Northumberland Land Trust (NLT) today announced that it has completed the acquisition of approximately 100 acres of land just south of the town of Campbellford.  The property is located within the extremely biodiverse region of the Trent River/Murray Marsh Corridor. It overlooks the mouth of Percy Creek, an important cold-water stream, at its junction with the lower Trent River. The property also contains nearly 1200 metres of well-vegetated shoreline on Percy Creek, flowing along the entire west boundary. 

“Robert de Lint has cared for the property since the 1970s and ensured that its environmental values were protected, and enhanced,” said Rob Kennedy, President of the Northumberland Land Trust.  “What was once a largely agricultural property has since been managed, under Mr. de Lint’s direction, to restore the forested drumlin, stabilize the creek bank with a vegetated buffer and maintain the grasslands through light cattle grazing.” 

Mr. de Lint began the process of donating his property several years ago.  He required that his house be severed from the surrounding property so that he could continue to live in his home while the land trust could provide immediate stewardship of the land.  A formal event commemorating the land donation will be held in early April. 

“Some people want to donate their land as part of their estate planning,” added Mr. Kennedy.  “The Northumberland Land Trust helps the owners sever the land from their house for the donation to NLT.  Donations of land have tax implications and require severance, surveys, legal documents and township approval, and this process can cost up to $30,000 as well as ongoing stewardship costs. Donations are key to covering these expenses.” 

People can donate through the NLT’s website at or contact us at or call: 416-220-6807 


About Northumberland Land Trust 

The Northumberland Land Trust is committed to preserving the natural heritage of Northumberland County.  Its mandate is to establish, maintain and manage protected areas.  The Northumberland Land Trust is a not for profit, charitable organization, which accepts donations of land, enters into conservation agreements for the permanent protection of natural landscapes, forests, farms and waterways and provides public education and information on land conservation tools.  The Trust also raises funds to purchase land in Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada for the purposes of conservation.  The Trust is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing a cross section of the community including landowners, farmers, business people and professionals. 

For more information please contact: 

Northumberland Land Trust