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1604, 2024

Land Trust boosts its presence with Trillium Fund grant

By |April 16, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

Campaign has led to an increase in volunteer requests, successful grant applications, and an increase in donations.

Northumberland News April 8, 2024

The head of the Northumberland Land Trust (NLT) says it was able to use a Trillium Foundation grant to bring more attention to its efforts and to boost fundraising toward its land preservation cause.

“With the OTF grant, the Northumberland Land Trust was able to hire Peterborough-based V-Formation, a fundraising and communications firm,” says Rob Kennedy, president of the NLT.

“We had an increase in volunteer requests, successful grant applications and an increase in donations.”

Northumberland — Peterborough South MPP David Piccini recently attended NLT’s volunteer appreciation event to formally congratulate them on the $45,300 Resilient Communities Fund grant it received in 2023 through the provincial government’s Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF).

The NLT has experienced some of its fastest growth in land donations and fundraising. The OTF grant allowed NLT to hire a fundraising and communications consultant to lead the development of annual fundraising and communications plans.

The NLT relies on volunteers and donations to do its work. In 2023, membership and individual donations increased 69 per cent and stewardship donations increased 58 per cent. Corporate and foundation donations increased more than tenfold.

“I am glad that our government is investing in Northumberland Land Trust as it is the foundation of our community’s way to protect and preserve our province’s biodiversity” said Piccini.

“The Ontario Government will continue to support crucial organizations, like Northumberland Land Trust, to ensure that communities across Ontario have access to nature, while maintaining and conserving it.

The grant also enabled NLT to purchase digital ads and help with the costs for an annual customer relationship management data system.

The NLT holds free nature walks, a birding marathon and prescribed burns, as well as stewardship activities such as removing invasive species and forest management.

The NLT has a mandate to establish, maintain and manage protected areas. A not-for-profit, charitable organization, the NLT 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 local land for the purposes of conservation. It is governed by a volunteer board of directors representing a cross section of the community including landowners, farmers, business people and professionals.

People can donate through the NLT’s website at nltrust.ca or email at info@nltrust.ca.

1204, 2024

$5 Million Dollar Green Corridor Capital Campaign raises 40 percent of goal in less than a year

By |April 12, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

Northumberland Land Trust is turning the county green, thanks to our generous donors. Two more beautiful properties are in the process of becoming nature reserves this year. We are raising the money to look after these properties, as well as several more that will be added in the near future. At NLT we know that now is the time to protect critical habitat for wildlife and create more green space in Northumberland County for us all to enjoy.

$1,965,288

$1,965,288
Light Green: Current Nature Reserves         Dark Green: Nature Reserves in Progress
1004, 2024

Support the NLT Birding Marathon this May

By |April 10, 2024|Categories: Events, News|0 Comments

Spring is here, and so are the birds! This May, sixteen expert birders will visit all of our nature reserves to try to find as many species of birds as they can in a 24 hour period. It’s a marathon!

Last year our birders set a record, finding a total of 151 species across 13 nature reserves, including species at risk such as Bobolinks and Least Bitterns.  Not only do they find lots and lots of birds, but also many of the other creatures that call our nature reserves home such as bears, otters, and much more. Each year we can’t wait to hear the birders’ reports of what they found.  Their reports are a fascinating snapshot in time of life on NLT’s nature reserves.

The birding marathon is one of NLT’s biggest fundraisers of the year. Donations will go towards our Green Corridor Capital Campaign. In this campaign NLT is looking to raise $5 million in land donations and cash in order to expand our network of nature reserves across Northumberland County.  This year NLT is adding two more nature reserves, and three more are in the works for the near future.   This is exciting news for everyone who wants to protect critical habitats for wildlife in Northumberland County, including all the birds that call our nature reserves home.

Here’s how to donate:
  • Donate by etransfer : send to info@nltrust.ca and mention birding marathon in comments
  • Donate through Canada Helps: use this link

  • Donate by cheque: make out to “Northumberland Land Trust”, and send to Northumberland Land Trust, PO Box 1153, Cobourg, ON. K9A 5A4

804, 2024

Enter the NLT Photo Contest

By |April 8, 2024|Categories: Events, News|Tags: |0 Comments

CALLING ALL PHOTOGRAPHERS! Do you love taking photos of nature? Submit your photos taken across Northumberland County for a chance to be featured in Northumberland Land Trusts (NLT’s) new 2025 Calendar! Photos can be of landscapes, plants, and animals at one of our nature reserves or across Northumberland County! If your picture is selected you will be featured in our 2025 calendar with photo credit and win a free calendar.

Rules and Regulations

Eligibility

The contest is open to all Canadian residents. Photos entered must not have been previously published. All entries must be Northumberland County content specifying where the photo was taken. Personal information will be collected to contact the winners of the contest.

Entries / Submissions

All entries will be submitted by email  with subject line “Photo Contest” to info@nltrust.ca, with the entrant’s name, email address, phone number, description of the image, and location of where the photo was taken in Northumberland County.

For more than one submission, please send a separate email for each.

Entries not meeting these requirements will not be eligible for judging.

Publication

By submitting a photo to the contest, the entrant hereby grants Northumberland Land Trust (NLT) the right to publish the winners’ names and photographs in the 2025 Calendar. Photos entered must not have been previously published. The Northumberland Land Trust will retain the winning entries. The Northumberland Land Trust reserves the right to publish any entry and/or use any entry in promotional material including use on social media including Facebook, Instagram, Linkedin, and other social media outlets.

Judging

The winning entries will be selected by a panel of judges selected by Northumberland Land Trust.

Deadlines

The Contest will start April 15th 2024, and conclude August 31st, 2024. All entries must be submitted by August 31st, 2024 and entries received after the deadline will not be judged. Winners will be contacted by September 31st, 2024.

GOOD LUCK!

104, 2024

Smoke signals subscribed burns in Northumberland County

By |April 1, 2024|Categories: News, Uncategorized|0 Comments

MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release

Smoke signals prescribed burns in Northumberland County

Two Northumberland Land Trust nature reserves will be set on fire this April

April 1st, 2024 – Cobourg, ON – The Northumberland Land Trust (NLT) will start two prescribed burns at its Pelton Nature Reserve, and Leckey Nature Reserve.  Prescribed burns are essential to restoring and revitalizing native prairie and savannah habitat in Northumberland County by removing invasive species, which tend to sprout early, and encouraging the growth of native species. Both burns will be conducted by Lands and Forests Consulting (LFC). These burns will take place in mid to late April or early May 2024. This is the first burn at the Land Trust’s Leckey Nature Reserve, and the fourth for the Pelton Nature Reserve.

“Grasslands are of particular interest because such habitats have undergone a drastic reduction in Ontario over the past century. As a result, many grassland plant and animal species have similarly declined to the point where many are now considered species at risk”, said John Geale, a former board member and current property steward at the NLT’s McEwen Nature Reserve.

Prescribed burns are intentionally set and professionally managed fires that burn across a pre-determined area under strictly controlled circumstances in order to restore natural habitat. Fires clear scrub and brush, allowing sunlight to reach the soil where native grassland seeds lie. Native prairie species flourish following a fire, restoring the native grassland habitat of the area. Burning only occurs under specific weather conditions that will allow a safe and controlled fire.

This year’s prescribed burns are being funded by public donations to the Northumberland Land Trust.  Lands & Forests Consulting is an independent prescribed burn consulting firm. For safety reasons, the public is not allowed access to the prescribed burn areas during the burns. Prescribed burns are weather-dependent and site-specific. For a short time, there will be a visible smoke column rising from the burn area. Manual manipulation of the smoke column can be achieved by the type of ignition pattern, and no problems are expected to result.

About Northumberland Land Trust

The Northumberland Land Trust (NLT) is committed to preserving the natural heritage of Northumberland County, Ontario, Canada.  Its mandate is to establish, maintain and manage protected areas.  The NLT 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.  The NLT also raises funds to purchase local land for the purposes of conservation.  The NLT is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors representing a cross section of the community including landowners, farmers, business people and professionals. People can donate through the NLT’s website at nltrust.ca or contact us at info@nltrust.ca or call: 416-220-6807.

For more information please contact:

Northumberland Land Trust

info@nltrust.ca

(416) 220-6807

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3003, 2024

McColl Nature Reserve gets TLC from volunteers

By |March 30, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

On the sunny crisp morning of March 30 a fabulous group of volunteers took to the woods at McColl Nature Reserve in Codrington to clear trails and battle invasive plant species.    A large group like this can accomplish great things, and makes the work more fun.   NLT is always looking for more volunteers to help us look after our nature reserves. Please connect with us – we would love to meet you: info@nltrust.ca

1402, 2024

de Lint Nature Nature reserve protects 100 acres of biodiverse habitat

By |February 14, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

MEDIA RELEASE  

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 nltrust.ca or contact us at info@nltrust.ca 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 

info@nltrust.ca 

nltrust.ca 

2301, 2024

Our 2024 Event Schedule is here

By |January 23, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

We are pleased to announce our 2024 schedule of events, where we will explore our nature reserves and enjoy their diversity, while also having a sneak peek at future nature reserves.

Please preregister for all events by email: info@nltrust.ca.       See you there!

Feb. 3: Winter Tracks and Signs at Wilkinson, 10:00 am
May 4: Kennedy forest walk (future NLT reserve),  9:00 am
May 25: Birding for Beginners at Lone Pine Marsh,  9:00 am
June 1: Grassland birds at Bonebakker, 8:00 am
July 6; Night walk at Bonebakker (moths, owls and marsh creatures) 8:00 pm
August 10: Arts Day at Lone Pine Marsh.  10:00 am
Sept. 15: Tallgrass Prairie walk at Pelton, 1:00 pm
Sept. 22: Monarch Butterfly walk at Doug McRae’s (future NLT reserve), 1:00 pm
Oct. 19: Fall Colours Walk at Munn, 2:00 pm
301, 2024

2023 Matching gift campaign exceeds $40,000 goal – thank you!

By |January 3, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

Northumberland Land Trust heads into 2024 with a sense of gratitude for the generosity of our donors who gave a grand total of  $41,825 during our matching gift campaign.  With the funds raised we will be able to protect and look after more natural spaces in Northumberland County, forever.   With a growing number of nature reserves in our care, and more properties in the process of becoming nature reserves , we are committed to looking after every acre the very best we can.  Together, we are making progress towards keeping Northumberland County green.

201, 2024

Video: Night life at the beaver dam

By |January 2, 2024|Categories: News|0 Comments

We set up a motion activated trail camera at the Lone Pine Marsh beaver dam, and captured all the activity during Christmas week.   The stars of the show are eastern coyotes, otters, white tailed deer, raccoons, and some really really fat beavers!  Enjoy, and Happy New Year!

3010, 2023

Seeds for the future planted at McEwen Nature Reserve

By |October 30, 2023|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Native grass and flower seeds were collected and planted this month at McEwen Nature Reserve. McEwen is one of 3 reserves where NLT encourages tallgrass prairie species through controlled burns, seed collection, and planting. Thousands of prairie grass and flower seeds were sown on the same site as this springs controlled burn. The beautiful results of past controlled burns and plantings, especially the savannah grass and little bluestem, made for a spectacular fall scene, and will provide seeds and cover for wildlife this fall and winter.

Thanks to everyone who came out on this beautiful day to help restore a rare ecosystem!

2910, 2023

TCS’s “Brentlemen” form work party for Northumberland Land Trust

By |October 29, 2023|Categories: News|0 Comments

The students of Brent House at Trinity College School (TCS), better known as Brentlemen, spent a recent Sunday working on habitat restoration at Northumberland Land Trust’s Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre.

The property contains several vernal pools (those that only fill up in the springtime).  The property had a number of dead and dying trees that posed a threat to public safety so they were cut down earlier this year.   Some of the debris from the tree clearing had fallen into one of the main vernal pools, which serves as an important habitat and breeding location for many frogs, salamanders and other aquatic species.  The debris was impacting the health of the habitat.

Armed with pitchforks, wheelbarrows, rakes, shovels and work gloves, the Brentlemen tackled this project.  Within an hour, the area was once again cleared and ready for next spring.

“It was also fantastic to spend time out in nature,” said Campbell Hall, Head of House at Brent Hall at TCS. “The boys came away with a sense of having accomplished something meaningful.”

 

3009, 2023

Northumberland Land Trust launches $5 million fundraising campaign

By |September 30, 2023|Categories: News|Tags: |0 Comments

 

Northumberland Land Trust seeks funds and land donations

Cobourg, ON, September 19, 2023 – The Northumberland Land Trust (NLT) today announced that it is launching a campaign to raise $5 million for the acquisition, preservation and management of ecologically important lands in Northumberland County, Ontario. The Northumberland Land Trust currently oversees more than 1200 acres on 13 properties throughout the county, and has another one-hundred-acre property in transition to NLT ownership.

“The Northumberland Land Trust protects nature reserves forever, and that requires support from members of the community,” said Rob Kennedy, President of the Northumberland Land Trust. “We know there are people who want to support the preservation of land so they can have access to the beauty and wonder of natural habitat. We need their help now so we can continue to ensure that access.”

NLT must undertake a variety of stewardship and restoration projects on each nature reserve including invasive plant removal, trail maintenance, signage, native species plantings, building and installing bird boxes and many other restoration projects. These efforts help ensure the properties restore and/or maintain habitat for local, native species as well as migratory birds and species at risk. During the NLT’s Birdathon in the Spring of 2023, several at-risk species of birds were spotted nesting on NLT reserves. The NLT also holds free, guide-led walks for the public to experience the reserves.

“There are people who want to donate their land as part of their estate planning,” added Rob. “We help 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. Our fundraising will help cover these expenses.”

Our fundraising will help cover these costs.”

People can donate through the NLT’s website at www.nltrust.ca or contact us at info@nltrust.ca or call: 416 316-4318

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
info@nltrust.ca
(905) 342-3851
www.nltrust.ca

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