Land Trust and Conservation Easements

The Plan

  • Develop a liaison with land trust and conservation groups in the area, including:
    • Muskoka Heritage Foundation
  • The mandate of the Kahshe Lake Foundation will be to acquire land or interests in land for their permanent conservation/preservation.
  • Examine in detail the mechanics of establishing a Land Trust – The Kahshe Lake Foundation,
    • Incorporation and Charitable Trust status;
    • “tax credit” status – donations of real property;
    • fundraising; and
    • Initiate a program to encourage bequests from major landholders.
  • Identify candidate lands for possible acquisition through the Land Trust or for establishment of permanent Conservation Easements. Priority lands would include:
    • Wetlands and other environmental protection lands;
    • Private lands in front of significant fish habitat areas;
    • Significant steep properties/cliffs;
    • Small vacant privately owned islands; and,
    • Properties with historic or scenic values of importance to the lake.
  • Encourage property owners to take advantage of the Managed Forest Tax Credit program, to protect large holdings from immediate development by providing tax relief.
  • Investigate the process for acquiring conservation easements on lands that cannot be acquired in the short term.

Kahshe Lake Ratepayers' Association (1994) Inc. (KLRA)
Membership:   809-350 Mill Road, Etobicoke, ON, Canada, M9C 5R7    General:  PO Box 1318, Gravenhurst, ON, Canada, P1P 1V5
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