What is a Land Trust?
Land Trusts are community-based charitable organizations that actively work to conserve land with natural, recreational, scenic, historical, or agricultural value for the benefit of future generations.
Named after the Thames River and historic Talbot Trail, the Thames Talbot Land Trust was established as a charity in 2000 to protect the natural and cultural heritage of London, Middlesex County and Elgin County in southwestern Ontario.
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The Conservation Challenge
The TTLT's geographic mandate includes the Carolinian Life Zone – one of the most diverse and endangered ecosystems in Canada.
Stretching from the shores of Lake Huron to Toronto, the region is home to 25 per cent of the Canadian population, and much of the land is under private ownership.
Nature is in retreat, and many species are under threat.
Unless we act now to protect our natural areas and wildlife habitat, many of these beautiful areas will disappear before our children and grandchildren have a chance to enjoy them.
Under our Care
The Thames Talbot Land Trust currently owns 10 properties and holds one conservation easement, protecting a total of 947.5 acres.
Some of our properties are closed conservation areas; others have trail systems and interpretive signage to welcome the public.
In general, passive recreation such as hiking is encouraged, while motorized vehicles, mountain biking, off-leash dogs, horseback riding, camping, and the removal of vegetation are not allowed.
Each property is under the active care of TTLT volunteers, who visit regularly to look out for invasive species, maintain signage and fences, remove litter, maintain any trails, and remove hazards.
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