A major priority of the KLRA Lake Plan is the conservation of a reasonable portion of environmentally important shoreline in its natural state. This is a challenge because less than 15% of our shoreline is public land, including government road allowances. (The MNR regards at least 25% as desirable.) A first priority is to take appropriate steps towards assuring that this land is secure from development.
In addition, there are various possibilities for protecting important portions of the land. These include encouraging large land owners to set up land trusts, conservation easements, forest management arrangements, or stewardship programs. Certain of these programs offer tax incentives. The Muskoka Heritage Foundation plays a key role in a number of these programs, and has a wealth of information on them. The KLRA executive is keen to explore possibilities with interested persons.