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 a Natural Heritage Plan which identifies 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.
Thanks to the generous donations of landowners, members, supporting individuals, and funders, the Land Conservancy now protects 12 properties with a total area of 400 hectares (1000 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.
Our 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
Membership: 131 members
Annual operating and property stewardship costs
Memberships, donations, and investment revenue support the Land Conservancy’s work.
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.
Board of Directors
Past annual meeting speakers
Amelia Cox, Queen’s University Biology Dept., the effect of weather changes on tree swallows
Dr. Kate Laird, Chair, LC-KFLA Mapping Committee, Natural Heritage Plan project
Dr. Warren Mabee, Canada Research Chair. On potential impacts of climate change to our local environment
|2016||Mitchel Kellar, Adrienne Parsons, Rebekah Short, and Elizabeth Travers, Fleming College students. On best stewardship practices for Bobolink and Eastern Meadowlark breeding success|
|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, Queen’s University. On ecological restoration|