Land Trust Achievement Award

Haliburton Highlands Land Trust has just received the Ontario Land Trust Alliance’s “Land Trust Achievement Award”!

Accepting the award from April Weppler, at left, are Sheila Ziman and Paul Heaven.

Accepting the award from April Weppler, at left, are Sheila Ziman and Paul Heaven.

This award recognizes land trusts for outstanding achievements in fulfilling their mission from a conservation or a community outreach perspective. It focuses on achievements that have directly advanced the conservation of habitat and species on-the-ground.

April Weppler presented the award on behalf of OLTA. “They have continued to go above and beyond in their work – they not only acquire land to protect the Haliburton natural landscape, but also encourage broad community engagement and understanding. This year’s award recognizes their excellent work in developing the “Turtle Road Mortality Mitigation Project”, an excellent demonstration of their commitment to community engagement and stewardship.”, said Weppler.

The contribution of community volunteers to this project cannot be understated. Over 180 volunteers have dedicated more than 4,500 hours of their time to the study, an extraordinary show of support to the goals of this project.

The Turtle Road Mortality Mitigation study is heading into its third and final year in 2016. The project is funded through a grant from the Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry.

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