Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority

Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy

The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) is a new land trust created in 2011 by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, a registered Canadian charity. The HTLTC is a volunteer organization with a separate board of directors. The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy gives people in the historic Huron Tract area a way to make a positive difference by helping protect and restore land, water, and nature.

Visit www.htltc.ca for information.

The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy gets its name and geographic boundaries from the days of early settlement in this part of Ontario. The Huron Tract was purchased by the Canada Company, an agent of the British government, to be distributed to colonial settlers of Upper Canada.

Land trusts, also known as land conservancies, are charitable organizations that, as all or part of their mission, actively work to conserve land with natural, recreational, scenic, historical or agricultural value. Land trusts accept donations and bequests of land and conservation agreements and in some cases, may purchase land or conservation agreements.

The land is then permanently protected to preserve its conservation, heritage, or agricultural values.

The work of land trusts is made possible by the generosity of people like you.

Community group seeks donations to acquire 4.75 acres of river bank in Bayfield area 

Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, community volunteers hope to raise $70,000 for purchase of 4.75-acre River Flats property in Bayfield 

A group of community volunteers, sponsored by the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association, has negotiated an offer to purchase, conditional on financing, to buy the 4.75-acre River Flats property, to the immediate southeast of the Bayfield Bridge. The volunteers include Helen Varekamp, Jack Pal, David MacLaren, Roma Harris, Kirsten Harrett, Gayle Waters, Ray Letheren, Larry Dalton, Doug Vanderhaar, Mike Dixon, Wayne McKaig, Sandy Scotchmer, and Dave Gillians.

Organizers of the fundraising campaign call it a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” to acquire about 1,000 feet of river bank natural area within the old village boundaries of Bayfield. They say purchasing the property now can help to preserve access to the naturalized area along the river. The total cost to purchase the property, including all legal and fundraising costs, is to be $70,000.

To donate to the campaign, visit the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association’s Bayfield River Flats campaign website at BayfieldRiverFlats.ca. Tax-deductible donations in amounts of $50 or more can be made payable to the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) at Main Street Optometric in Bayfield. Bayfield River Flats T-Shirts or tote bags will be offered to the first 200 contributors for donations of $250 or more. A crowd-funding program is to be set up through the website at BayfieldRiverFlats.ca. You may follow, like, or share the fundraising campaign on social media at Facebook and on Twitter using the hashtag #BayfieldRiverFlats.

The Bayfield River Flats property was once home of the Thomson grist and sawmill. Community spokespersons say that following a successful fundraising campaign, the river bank property and its forested setting beside the river, within the village of Bayfield, could become a place for nature appreciation and Bayfield River access.

The financing condition for property purchase must be met by November 30, 2016. Following the closing on January 31, 2017, the project proponents say the property would be transferred immediately to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC). This is to ensure the land will remain part of the community’s local land legacy in perpetuity. Campaign organizers say that a pending long-term management agreement between the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy will ensure that the property will be maintained, improved and transformed.

A land trust can permanently protect land to preserve its natural, environmental, recreational, scenic, historical, or agricultural importance. Land trusts or land conservancies are independent, charitable organizations that work with private landowners to preserve open space and nature. Acquisition of properties is subject to board approval and negotiation of management agreements. Land trusts accept donations and bequests of land and conservation agreements and, in some cases, may purchase land or conservation agreements. The land is then protected from that time on. The HTLTC is a volunteer organization with a community board of directors. The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy gives people a safe, reliable, long-term way to leave financial contributions or bequests of real property for the protection of land, water, and habitat for generations to come. The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy can protect important nature areas for the long term, with the help of “an inspired community that values and protects natural lands and habitat.” For more information visit the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy website.

 

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