News & Events

June 5, 2019

The federal government throws a lifeline to the axed 50 Million Tree Program. The program will invest $15 million over four years to help offset losses from the 50 Million Tree Program cancelled by the Ontario government. Environment Minister Catherine McKenna says this new budget will extend the program for another four years. Full Story.



April 24, 2019

OLTA celebrates the federal government’s commitment to protecting land conservation across Canada. Today the Government of Canada has confirmed its commitment to land conservation as it announced $100M of funding over 4 years to support the establishment of new protected and conserved areas by land trusts in southern Canada.

The new program will establish at least 200,000 hectares of newly protected land and freshwater, especially in southern Canada where nature and wildlife faces the greatest pressures and where the majority of land is privately owned. Full Story.

April 4, 2019

Save the date! This year’s Annual Gathering will be October 6-8 2019 at the Isaiah Tubbs Resort in Prince Edward County. Gatherings in the past were at this resort and we are delighted to be going back there. Watch for more details in the months to come.

March 4, 2019

Thunder Bay Field Naturalists (TBFN) purchased two properties on Michipicoten Island (Bonner Head and North East Property) boasting 538 acres (217 hectares) of undisturbed wilderness.  Funding was provided from private donors and the Canada Nature Fund. Michipicoten First Nation volunteers will be helping TBFN volunteers to monitor and care for the Michipicoten Nature Reserve starting by assessing the current plants and wildlife. (Photo: TBFN) Full Story


February 27, 2019

Barbara Heidenreich shares her own experience in preserving an Ontario farm with important associative and physical values, and deep personal meaning. Barbara worked with Ontario Heritage Trust to preserve Innisfree Farm, a farm built in 1913-14 by her great-grandfather Byron Edmund Walker in the Town of Innisfil. With the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust, a Conservation Easement Agreement was designed that recognized and protected in perpetuity the elements of the farm that make it a “cultural heritage landscape.” Full Story


February 7, 2019

On February 19th & 26th we learned from you how you use and implement the updated Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices.

These two Standards and Practices workshops cover an overview of S&P changes and a focus on specific Standards identified as a priority during our recent survey. These include: Ensuring Sound Transactions; Conservation Easement Defense and Endowments. Presenters are experts from ECCC, NCC and the land trust community. Attendees will be encouraged to share their experiences and resources.

February 19th at the Orillia Library

  • Importance of S&Ps for land trusts specifically for Ecogifts
  • Standard 11 Conservation Agreement Stewardship and Considerations for CEA defense
  • Ensuring Sound Transactions for Fee simple transactions

February 26th at the Arboretum in Guelph

  • Standard 12 Land Stewardship
  • Susan Walmer – Standard 11 & 12 Funding Land Stewardship and Endowments
  • Standard 9 Ensuring Sound Transactions for Fee simple transactions

February 4, 2019

Land conservation plays an essential role in the protection and recovery of species at risk in Ontario. On February 14, we had our Species at Risk Workshop at rare Charitable Research Reserve in Cambridge. Monitoring, management and outreach programs are an important way to ensure conservation lands continue to protect species at risk and engage the community in species at risk recovery. This workshop included a series of presentations on native bumblebee and Monarch monitoring and outreach, planning prescribed burns, and other programs you can implement on your conservation lands. Speaker organizations included conservation groups and fellow land trusts.  Click here to view a draft agenda.

October 20, 2018

The OLTA Land Trust Gathering happened on October 18 & 19 in Alliston, ON. The OLTA Land Trust Gathering is the annual training, skills development and networking conference bringing together land trust, conservation professionals and those in the broader environmental industry and the charitable sector from across Ontario. Conference participants benefited from workshops and plenary sessions. There was also plenty of time for informal networking and celebrating accomplishments with your colleagues! Find out more

September 5, 2018

The Bobolink birds which are considered Threatened in Ontario are preparing for their long migration to Pampas grasslands in South America. They started this journey on the Couchiching Conservancy properties! The land trust produced a booklet to assist farmers in managing their hay and pastures for grassland birds which you can read here.


August 10, 2018

Haliburton Highland Land Trust raised funds through their first annual Rock Our World event with a jazz band, silent and live auction and a buffet table of delectable appetizers. Thanks to their sponsors for an incredible event to raise funds for more land conservation in the region.

July 18, 2018

In an outstanding achievement, the Bruce Trail Conservancy and Parks Canada have acquired the Driftwood Cove Property contributing to the overall size of the Bruce Peninsula National Park bringing it to 90% completion. The 3,272-acre parcel that will represent 9% of the National Park’s land and 22% of its shoreline. Read More online…



February 27, 2018

The Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA) was impressed with the 2018 budget announcement, which affirms Canada’s commitment to the international goal of protecting 17 per cent of its land and fresh water by 2020.

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