Thames Talbot Land Trust is embarking on our most ambitious campaign ever in support of nature conservation.
Through our Vision 20/20 campaign, we will substantially expand our network of nature reserves in southwestern Ontario.
A non-profit organization founded in 2000, Thames Talbot Land Trust is dedicated to protecting ecologically significant lands through direct ownership, conservation easements, landscape restoration and education.
Headquartered in London, Ontario, we work in the city and the surrounding counties of Middlesex, Elgin, Oxford and Perth. Much of this area lies within Canada's Carolinian Zone, a region of great biological diversity. Over 400 species of birds, and 2200 species of plants (including 70 species of trees) occur in this zone. The Carolinian Zone covers less than 1% of Canada’s land area but contains 25% of the human population. This region’s natural habitats face increasing threats from many sources.
In the year 2020, Thames Talbot Land Trust will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Having earned the respect and confidence of stakeholders, including donors and granting agencies, the Trust is ready to take on new challenges.
Two years after it was founded, Thames Talbot Land Trust received its first gift of land. Since that time, the organization has grown slowly but steadily. By the end of 2018, the Trust had taken on responsibility for over 1500 acres (600 hectares) of land across 15 nature reserves. These sites provide habitat for diverse communities of plants and animals, including at least 30 species-at-risk. The additional purchases and gifts of land through the Vision 20/20 campaign will bring the total land under our protection to nearly 1900 acres (770 hectares).
Previous campaigns have centred on single properties. With the Vision 20/20 campaign, the Trust is taking direct action on long-term protection of multiple conservation lands in the counties of Elgin, Oxford and Middlesex.
The need is urgent. A May 2019 report from the United Nations states that biodiversity is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history. Local land trusts, such as Thames Talbot Land Trust, are working to resist this trend, providing essential refuges that help to protect nature. When you support the Vision 20/20 campaign, you will help the Trust to protect and restore the ecological health of the increasingly imperiled Carolinian region of southwestern Ontario.
We are asking for your support for this campaign. Thank you for helping to protect our natural environment.