Latest donation to Kawartha Land Trust asks donors and location to remain secret

The Kawartha Land Trust announced on Thursday (September 1) that it had expanded its trust lands and holdings to include a 61-acre woodlot – land known as Pipers' Woods – but it has agreed with the two donors of the land to keep their identities and the location of the land secret.

The Kawartha Land Trust announced Thursday (September 1) he expanded his land and trust holdings to include a 61-acre woodlot – a parcel known as Pipers’ Woods – but he agreed with the two donors of the land to keep their identity and location of the lot secret .

In its press release, the KLT describes the land as a mature woodland set on limestone bedrock, “part of a large connected forest area. On shallow ground, older trees and an abundance of wildflowers, such as those seen on this property, take decades to establish.

It is the 27th Kawartha-based parcel of land acquired since its founding in 2001, comprising more than 4,800 acres of ecologically diverse land, some of which includes hiking trails that introduce thousands of people to nature each year in the Kawarthas.

“We create nature reserves for future generations by acquiring ecologically significant properties and/or interests in properties,” describes the KLT as its role. “We are also improving our land stewardship by engaging landowners in land protection initiatives through our Partners in Conservation program.

The organization says Pipers’ Woods donors have a long-standing interest in land stewardship and sustainable forestry.

“We are extremely grateful to the donors of Pipers’ Woods for their generosity and commitment to protecting land in the Kawarthas,” said John Kintare, CEO of Kawartha Land Trust.

“This mature forest will continue to support species like the barred owl which prefers older forests that cannot be quickly or easily restored once gone.”

The given woodland includes a hardwood forest of sugar maple, red oak, and white oak, while the conifer swamp is home to eastern white cedar, balsam fir, and white spruce. The territory is also home to several species at risk, including the butternut, the eastern wood pewee and the wood thrush.

The wood thrush is listed as a species of “Special Concern” under the province’s Endangered Species Act. In Canada, its population declined by 83% between 1970 and 2011. A bird of the interior of forests, the wood thrush thrives in critical forest habitats like Pipers’ Woods.

The donors donated the property to Kawartha Land Trust to ensure that the forest and wildlife would not be disturbed by future development.

“As we age, this gift was part of our estate planning,” the donors explained. “We had already read and heard about the good work of KLT.”

This property has been secured with support from the Government of Ontario through the Greenlands Conservation Partnership, which helps conserve ecologically significant natural areas and protects wetlands, grasslands and forests that help mitigate the effects of climate change. Through the Greenlands Conservation Partnership, a total of $50 million will be invested over four years, including $20 million from the Ontario government and an additional $30 million from other sources, such as individual donations and support for foundations through the NCC and the Ontario Land Trust Alliance, and other levels of government.

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