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The province's wetlands, woodlands, grasslands and geological land formations are treasures that enrich our natural environment. The Trust holds in trust for the people of Ontario a portfolio of more than 160 natural properties, including over 100 properties that are part of the Bruce Trail.

Protected land includes the habitats of endangered species, rare Carolinian forests, wetlands, sensitive features of the Oak Ridges Moraine, nature reserves on the Canadian Shield and properties on the spectacular Niagara Escarpment.

The Trust acquires natural heritage properties and conservation easements through donation. We promote innovative ways of protecting natural heritage, encourage good stewardship, help communities with local natural conservation projects, and work with conservation authorities, the Bruce Trail Conservancy, the Niagara Escarpment Commission, local land trusts, and government at the municipal and provincial levels.

The Trust protects natural heritage areas and raises public awareness about conservation. In all, we have helped to conserve over 36,000 acres (14,569 hectares) of wetlands, Carolinian forests and flower-studded tall-grass prairies, rugged wild areas on the Canadian Shield, the spectacular Niagara Escarpment and the sensitive features of the Oak Ridges Moraine.

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Support our conservation activities

Conserving the province's natural heritage is an expensive undertaking. The Trust welcomes donations from individuals and businesses in support of our work.
Heritage Matters

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