The mission of Long Point Basin Land Trust is to protect and restore functioning ecosystems in the central Carolinian Region, an area with among the highest biodiversity level in Canada. The Land Trust achieves this through land ownership, land management and habitat stewardship on properties owned by the Land Trust, partner organizations and private landowner stewards. The organization provides opportunities for people to connect with nature through hands-on and outdoor experiences and by promoting public awareness of the importance of protecting and enhancing the natural environnment.
The organization’s activities are focused on functioning natural systems, such as watersheds, and priority habitats, including: wetlands (73% of which have been lost in the region since European settlement); oak savanna (reduced to less than 1% of original extent across North America); grasslands and other open country habitats; and, Carolinian forests (reduced by 85% of original extent in Southern Ontario, with less than 0.01% remaining as old-growth forest). The organization’s conservation efforts focus on natural habitats and native flora and fauna, including numerous species at risk.
About Our Charity
LPBLT was established in 1996 to protect and restore lands with significant ecological and cultural heritage qualities in the greater Long Point area, including Norfolk County, western Haldimand and eastern Elgin Counties, and parts of Brant and Oxford. The Trust focuses its efforts in one of the richest areas for biodiversity in Canada. Despite being a relatively densely populated and developed region, there remains enough habitat in this southern Great Lakes area to support populations of many significant species. The central Carolinian Region is internationally significant because of the species and habitats which occur (many rare or at risk); in addition, the Lake Erie drainage provides important water resource for communities in Canada and the United States. Long Point Basin Land Trust owns several nature reserve properties and leads a major multi-year effort to protect and recover reptile populations. LPBLT has recently launched a campaign to secure its fourth nature reserve.