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)
PO Box 1318, Gravenhurst, ON, Canada, P1P 1V5
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