There are several ways you can create an enduring and living legacy that will build a sustainable future for your children, grandchildren, the community and the environment. This section details two ways of donating land to HHLT. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need more information.
Make A Gift of Land Through Canada’s Ecological Gift Program
Habitat loss and degradation are the greatest threats to long term biodiversity. Land Trusts have become one of the fastest growing tools for biodiversity conservation on privately owned land across Canada. There are many opportunities for Canadians with ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. Through Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program private land owners can donate their land or donate a partial interest in the land through a conservation easement, covenant or servitude. Such donations offer significant tax benefits to landowners who donate land outright or a partial interest in land to qualified recipient organizations such as the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust (HHLT). Recipient organizations become responsible for the conservation of the donated land’s biodiversity and environmental heritage - this responsibility lasts forever (“In Perpetuity”).
You can also reserve a “life estate” when you donate your property meaning that you or a family member can continue to live on the property.
Trade Lands are gifts of property by landowners who want to support the work of a conservation organization like HHLT. The property may or may not have significant characteristics to warrant ongoing conservation efforts.
Properties that have been donated to HHLT would be evaluated for their ecological value that may warrant ongoing protection prior to being sold.
All proceeds from the sale would be applied to support ongoing conservation work or to support a specific property that has been donated to HHLT through Canada’s Ecological Gift Program. A donation of Trade Lands has tax benefits that should be discussed with your tax and/or legal advisor. Please contact us if you have any questions about trade lands.