An old friend from my land trust days dropped by today, and reminded me I wanted to write about land trusts. Land trusts herein Ontario are non-profit community-based conservation groups that work to preserve natural areas and farmland.
Let me start with the land trust he's involved in, the Thames Talbot Land Trust here in London. It covers the city an a large rural area in the upper Thames River wateshed. To date they have preserved over 1300 acres in 16 properties.
Most of their work consists of raising money and purchasing properties, but a few landowners donate land too. After that they need to manage all these lands with care. It turns out that their office is right here beside the hospital, in one of the old cottages of the vetran's village.
They are also a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance, a provincial organization I helped establish. More tomorrow on those things. It has also opened my eyes to a range of other blog topics.