The Land Conservancy has no paid staff. It is run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to preserving vital habitat for species survival.
Every penny the Land Conservancy receives from members, donors, and funders is used for land acquisition and stewardship. Annual operating and property stewardship costs are $8,000.
We set aside money in a land acquisition fund so that we are ready to cover acquisition costs, such as appraisals, when a donor offers a property to us or when we buy a property that is important to preserve in its natural state. We have a land acquisition policy and are developing a natural heritage action plan to identify priority areas for protection.
To cover the ongoing costs of property ownership and conservation easement management, we maintain a stewardship account to generate sufficient annual income to cover property taxes, property insurance, and other expenses related to property responsibilities. We also have money set aside in the Natural Areas Protection Fund which is endowed with the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area.
Vital habitat protected
Thanks to the generous donations of landowners, members, supporting individuals, and funders, the Land Conservancy now protects eight properties with a total area of 220 hectares (540 acres), providing habitats for 18 species at risk. To preserve these habitats for all the animal and plant species that thrive there, most Land Conservancy properties are not open to the public. They are nature reserves for the purpose of conservation.
Visiting Depot Creek Nature Reserve
You are invited to visit the Depot Creek Nature Reserve (DCNR). Located at 6329 First Lake Road, in Bellrock, this 29-hectare (71-acre) property offers visitors a chance to explore a variety of habitats — wetlands, woodlands, and open spaces — on marked trails that can be covered in a morning or afternoon outing.
This property was purchased in 2012 from Kim Ondaatje who was a loving protector of the land for over 40 years. Thank you to the 137 generous individuals and funders who made the purchase possible.
Please respect the rich diversity of the Nature Reserve should you decide to visit. This means staying on the trails and being a gentle observer of nature. For your convenience, there is a privy near the Elephant Rock. From May to November, there may be cattle in the meadow. Take care walking through this area and make sure you close the gates. Double check! Dogs are not allowed on any part of the property.
The Kingston Field Naturalist’s BioBlitz at DCNR in June 2013 identified 691 species of animals and plants, from birds to reptiles to fungi. We would be pleased to hear of your sightings. You can send us an email or let us know on Facebook.
The last Sundays of the month, from March to October, a work party does trail maintenance and other stewardship tasks. You are most welcome to join. The group meets at noon in the parking lot off First Lake Road. Contact Anne Robertson for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org or (613) 389-6742.
Other protected properties
The Land Conservancy holds conservation easements on two properties, totaling 85 hectares (212 acres), one near Westport and the other on the Salmon River, with 990 meters of shoreline. A conservation easement limits further human use of the land, preserving natural features in perpetuity.
The Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program provided $14,195 to assist with the acquisition of the Arthur Nature Reserve, the Lee Nature Reserve, Salmon and Snake Islands, and the two conservation easement properties. Financial support for the Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program was originally provided by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and more recently by The Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk.
The Land Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and protect natural sites and landscapes in Kingston and Frontenac and Lennox and Addington counties.
To create a Land Conservancy that people throughout Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Counties will recognize as a trustworthy and far-sighted organization, preserving and protecting natural sites and landscapes in this area. The communities will see value in our goal of protecting representative significant natural habitats, supporting biodiversity and connecting natural areas across the counties, and will respect efforts to encourage land stewardship through cooperation with other environmental organizations and support for landowners. The Land Conservancy will be seen as a key partner in protecting the ecological integrity of this part of Ontario.
Incorporated as a federal not-for-profit corporation in 2004.
- issue charitable receipts, Canada Revenue Agency
- receive EcoGift, Environment Canada
Board of Directors: 11-members
Strategic Plan 2015 to 2020, including regional maps
Funders We are very grateful to funders who have supported land acquisition, stewardship projects, training, and other activities.
Annual operating and property stewardship costs
Memberships, donations, and investment revenue support the Land Conservancy’s work. The 2015 operating budget for the Land Conservancy is $8,000. Click here for the 2015 financial statement: FinState 2015 for AGM 13 apr 16
For any new acquisition, by gift or purchase, we set aside at least 10% of the appraised value of the property in a stewardship account. This ensures our capacity to preserve the property over the long term.
We also have an endowed fund with the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area, the Natural Areas Protection Fund. This Fund provides an additional source of funds for property stewardship costs. The capital in this Fund is permanently invested with the Community Foundation. We receive an annual grant from the Fund.
If you would like to support the stewardship of Land Conservancy properties please make a donation to our stewardship account or to the Community Foundation and designate it for the Land Conservancy’s Natural Areas Protection Fund.
Natural Areas Protection Fund
If you would like to support the stewardship of Land Conservancy properties please make a donation to our stewardship account or to the Community Foundation and designate it for the Natural Areas Protection Fund of the Land Conservancy.
Vicki Schmolka, President
Mary Alice Snetsinger
Roger Healey, Treasurer
Larry McCurdy, Secretary
Land Acquisition Committee, Chair
Mapping Committee, Chair
Finance Committee, Chair
Communications Committee, Chair,
Read articles about us or about land trusts in general.
June 2014 article in Vista magazine entitled Green Matters describing our land conservancy and how it helps protect natural spaces. The article notes that the Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014. This article is supplied courtesy of the Seniors Association of Kingston.
April 5, 2011 coverage in Kingston This Week announces an important property donation to our land conservancy.
An article in the December 29, 2009 Kingston Whig Standard also described this property donation.
Alec Ross’s article in the February 2010 Vista specifically speaks to a donation to our land conservancy.
Wood Gundy (Kingston)’s newsletter in January 2009 ably captured the basic concepts around land trusts.
Past annual meeting speakers
|2015||Dr. Gray Merriam, landscape ecologist, on the importance of natural processes to ecosystems|
|2014||Dr. Barrie Gilbert, retired wildlife biologist. On restoring wild spaces to provide better habitat for bees, birds, and beavers|
|2013||Michael Runtz, author, photographer. On “Beavers: Nature’s Wetland Engineers”|
|2012||Dr. Chip Weseloh, researcher, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada. On 35 years of research on the waterbirds of eastern Lake Ontario|
|2011||Anne Robertson, Land Conservancy Board member, a virtual tour of Meyer Woods|
|2010||Howard Clifford, donor of a conservation easement, cliffLAND, a 506 hectare (1250 acre) property in Lanark. On the love for and protection of nature|
|2009||Raleigh Robertson, retired Queen’s University professor of biology. On preserving land for science, education, and conservation using the Queen’s University Biological Station as an example|
|2008||Wayne Grady, author. On the future of the Great Lakes|
|2007||Don Ross, Executive Director, Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. On the Reserve’s UNESCO designation|
|2006||Dan Kraus, Ontario Conservation Science Manager, Nature Conservancy of Canada. On the Conservation Blueprint for the Great Lakes region|
|2005||Dale Kristensen, Quuen’s University. On ecological restoration|