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HHLT Trails Update – Dahl Forest Re-Opened, Barnum Creek Nature Reserve Work Continues Towards Opening


Dahl Forest trails are open for walking only. No picnics or gatherings. Please use caution if walking on our trails.

Please follow the Public Health directives about physical distancing and the following protocols.

  1. If you come by car, please park a few metres away from other cars so you can maintain a physical distance.
  2. Keep a two metre distance between yourself and any other visitors.
  3. Please do not come in a group (except for people with whom you are living). Please model physical distancing with these people as well.
  4. Keep your dog on a leash so your dog does not have contact with other visitors.
  5. Don’t touch your face and wash your hands when you get home.

Barnum Creek Nature Reserve is not yet open to the public.  HHLT is still working on trails and mapping……….  Check back for updates.

Please contact us at if you have any questions.

We hope you can find a way to get outdoors and enjoy nature, fill your spirit with wonder, and enjoy the beautiful signs of spring.


The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust wishes good health and safe keeping to everyone in this time of uncertainty.

Young Trout Lily leaves

The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust continues our campaign to raise funds for our Stewardship Fund.  Please CLICK HERE to find out more and make your donation today!

Help protect the Land You Love for Future Generations!


New! Best Management Practices: Guidelines to Protecting Wetlands

With support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and Environment and Climate Change Canada, Haliburton Highlands Land Trust has produced a new document with a focus on protecting wetlands.  CLICK HERE for a link to this important and user-friendly document.

Up Close with Ontario Wildlife! TO BE RESCHEDULED

Up Close with Ontario Wildlife,TO BE RESCHEDULED  Haliburton Fish Hatchery.   Join interpreters from Speaking of Wildlife as they give you a chance to see, touch, and learn about some interesting Ontario wildlife species. A family friendly event. Please purchase tickets in advance CLICK HERE.  Admission: Adult $15, Child $10, Family $35


Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Haliburton Highlands Land Trust Enviro-Hero Awards!

Youth environmentalist and advocate Jurgen Shantz and apiarist Ron Lofthouse are the 2019 award winners.

Mary Lou Gerstl, HHLT Chair, (left) congratulates  Jurgen Shantz on his accomplishments.

For the full story, please click the link below which will take you to an article published in The Highlander.



Celebrate Winter with HHLT – Protect the Land You Love!

How can you help? Become a member!  Adopt an Acre of Barnum Creek or Dahl Forest! Volunteer on a committee or as a property monitor.  If you own a special property, investigate donating it to HHLT. Talk to a Board Member about joining our Board.

2019 Research Grant News!

Exciting news! Click Here to read more about our two recent research grants:  Climate Action Fund and Ontario Trillium Foundation.

Climate Action Fund Grant Media Release

OTF Media Release Dec 2019


Congratulations to our 2018 Enviro-Heroes!

Congratulations to Andrew Carmount and to Carolynn Coburn and Eric Lilius, deserving winners of the HHLT Enviro-Heros Awards!

Left to right Carolynn Coburn, Eric Lllius, Peter Brogden, Mary Lou Gerstl, Paul Heaven (absent Andrew Carmount)

Carolynn has been involved with Environmental issues in Haliburton County for decades.  She served as Chair of the Haliburton County CASE and is a long time president of Environment Haliburton.  She is a lawyer and has brought a reasoned and passionate approach to the ongoing development of sound public policing in our region.

Eric has been deeply involved in all manner of environmental protection in the Highlands for over 40 years.  He is an activist working tirelessly to support the presentation and facilitation of countless events such as speaker series, concerts and festivals.  These activities have raised the environmental consciousness of our community.  Eric’s commitment has been instrumental to the introduction of improved waste management and recycling in the county.

Andrew is an early supporter of protecting the environment.  He joined the Green Party at the young age of 15 and in high school, he was Vice President of the Student Council and worked very hard to revive the school’s recycling  program.  He educated students on the “how and why” of recycling as a member of the school’s eco-team he fought to keep the program operational.  A few years ago, he worked with other students to establish a community garden at Nature’s Place.  I hear that the tomatoes were so bountiful they were given away to visitors of Nature’s Place.  Andrew and friends produced a video to help educate people about sustainable gardening.  And, if that is not enough, Andrew sat on the Algonquin Highlands Environment Committee for 2 years.

The HHLT also honoured Paul Heaven for all the work he has done over the years to help us move forward with research projects and with our land acquisitions. Paul has also helped to put the Land Trust “on the map” through his excellent work on the Turtle Mitigation project and the Bats at Risk project.

Finally, the HHLT is also very grateful to Peter Brogden for making a significant donation of over $6000.  His donation will be put towards our properties and trails to fulfill his wish to make it possible for people of all ages to walk in the woods.  Peter is the first HHLT donor to donate securities.  Recently the HHLT has set up an account in order to be able to accept donations of securities. We are hoping that word will spread and that others will consider this option as we all work towards protecting the land we love for future generations!

Land Trust Discovery Days


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Next Event:  Bird Box Building    

Saturday February 15, 2020

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Haliburton Fish Hatchery

Join Norm Rondeau to construct bird boxes suitable for field birds such as bluebirds, chickadees, swallows and wrens.  Kits will be provided.  Extra boxes will be made for the Land Trust to be installed at Dahl Forest and Barnum Creek Nature Reserve later in the year at a separate workshop. Limited kits. One kit per family. Registration required. CLICK HERE to register now.

Upcoming Events:

Up Close with Ontario Wildlife

Saturday March 14, 2020

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Haliburton Fish Hatchery

Join interpreters from Speaking of Wildlife as they give you a chance to see, touch, and learn about some interesting Ontario wildlife species. A family friendly event – great for the March Break! Please purchase tickets in advance at  Admission: Adult $15, Child $10, Family $35

For the Love of our Land – Stories of Conservation

Wednesday March 11, 2020

7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Haliburton Fish Hatchery

Hear conservation stories from Peter Dahl, Leopoldina Dobrzensky, the Bathe family, and Wayne Krangle. All have provided excellent stewardship of their land and two families have donated their properties to the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust. A partnership with Yours Outdoors Speaker Series.

To register, please visit Yours Outdoors