The Lake Clear Conservancy is a conservation charity known as a “land trust”
What is a land trust?
A land trust is a non-government, non-profit, charitable organization incorporated under federal law for the purpose of conservation. The conservation activities of a land trust are strictly for public benefit.
Land trusts like the LCC operate chiefly by protecting strategic parcels of land, either through outright ownership or by means of a conservation easement. Land trust properties may be acquired by owner donation or by purchase. Many Land Trusts also provide information and education about good stewardship practices.
While generally local in scope and operation, land trusts may also be provincial, regional, or even national. Most land trusts focus on conserving the biological values of land, but across Canada land trusts have been established to protect scenic, historical, agricultural, and recreational lands as well.
What is the difference between a land trust and a cottage association?
A cottage association may deal with any and all aspects of cottage life, such as boating, roads, taxes, fishing, water quality, and community events. Its activities will vary according to the wishes and concerns of its membership. A land trust is concerned only with conservation, and, as a registered charity, is required by law to adhere to its conservation mandate.
Can you “trust” a land trust?
Any organization with charitable status is carefully monitored by the Canada Revenue Agency. Moreover, land trusts are held to a high operational standard by umbrella organizations such as the Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA). The Lake Clear Conservancy is a proud founding member of OLTA and has been a member in good standing for 15 years.
Who is the LCC?
The LCC is managed by an all-volunteer board of directors, and is supported by members, donors, and volunteers from all over the lake. The LCC has no paid staff. A full list of the board of directors may be found on the contact page.