Protecting Nature

How Does A Land Trust Work?

  • Accepts qualified lands through gift or purchase to be managed by the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust as Nature Sanctuaries;
  • Enters into conservation easements with landowners to legally restrict future development;
  • Fosters greater awareness, understanding and appreciation of the values of nature through various projects and public education initiatives;
  • Works cooperatively with other organizations, both private and public, to acquire and manage ecologically significant lands.

Determining Which Lands to Protect

  • MMLT can only consider properties that meet specific assessment criteria based on sound ecological science. Such criteria include:
    • Diversity of Habitat
    • Nationally/provincially designated rare species
    • Old growth forest
    • High wilderness quality
    • Bog, fen or large marsh
  • Consideration of the broader landscapes to identify conservation needs and priorities (protecting over 3,300 acres in Lanark County, where population pressures are small, is as significant as protecting 15 acres along the Carp Ridge where development pressures are severe)
  • With the support and cooperation of private and public landowners, field work is carried out to identify the most ecologically valuable natural areas.
  • At the request and with the consent of property owners, site assessments are conducted using specific evaluation criteria common to Ontario Land Trusts.

Long Term Management and Protection

  • Land Trust properties and easements are monitored regularly by a knowledgeable individual or a team of trained local volunteers.
  • Stewardship Investment Funds cover ongoing costs of ownership.
  • Properties may be subject to specific management actions aimed at enriching the natural values.
  • MMLT teaches volunteers about management techniques to be used on properties for which the Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust takes responsibility.