Land Trusts – Partners in Conservation

FOCA has a long-standing commitment to supporting the stewardship of private lands, to ensure our waterfronts remain healthy, thriving and enjoyable places to live. Cottage succession is an important consideration for many FOCA member families. Other options for leaving a lasting environmental legacy include the use of property easements or other legal tools to ensure the property you treasure is managed and maintained in perpetuity.

This is where groups like land trusts come in.
Most land trusts focus on conserving the ecological values of land; however, across the continent, land trusts have been established to protect scenic, historical, agricultural, and recreational lands as well.

Picture of Terry and others at KLT 10 year anniversary 2011Pictured at right: FOCA’s Executive Director, along with other past and present members of the Board of the Kawartha Heritage Conservancy (now Kawartha Land Trust) celebrating at the 10-year anniversary of the KLT in 2011.)

magnifying glassTo learn more, or to find the land trust in your area, visit:

For our American friends with Ontario cottages:

image: cover of report - American Friends Land TrustsJune 2016 – FOCA recently met up with the American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts (AF) to discuss the connection between conservation and cottage succession planning for American owners of property in Ontario’s cottage country. AF helps U.S. taxpayers learn about and address the challenges of Canadian capital gains, and explore how they can create a conservation strategy for their lands that will meet their financial goals.

To learn out more about “cross-border conservation,” and AF, click the Newsletter at right (PDF, 8 pages) or contact:

Sandra Tassel, Program Coordinator
American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts | (360) 515-7171 |

Michelle LewinLand Trusts – Partners in Conservation