MEDIA RELEASE – October 3, 2022
Long Point Basin Land Trust celebrates outstanding support from the community in 2021-2022
Delhi, ON – On Saturday, September 24, 2022, Long Point Basin Land Trust (LPBLT) welcomed supporters, donors, sponsors and volunteers to the First Annual Appreciation BBQ event. Staff and Board Directors were on hand to serve up a helping of lunch and gratitude for guests, for outstanding community support over the past year.
Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Bobbi Ann Brady was also in attendance to celebrate the $318,700 grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation that has supported LPBLT’s community conservation program over the past 3 years.
“The Long Point area is a unique jewel in the Carolinian zone,” said Haldimand-Norfolk MPP Bobbi Ann Brady. “The important work the Long Point Basin Land Trust does is integral in protecting this ecosystem. This Trillium funding will assist the organization with carrying on its mission.”
“The impact and success of our organization would not be possible without the tremendous support and dedication of this community. Protection and stewardship of the nature reserves does not end with the acquisition of a property – there’s a lot of effort needed to restore and conserve our natural world. We are so grateful for the ongoing and growing support of our volunteers, donors, and sponsors who are all integral to our mission of protecting and restoring functioning ecosystems in the Long Point Basin.” (Kristyn Richardson, Executive Director, LPBLT)
Over the past year, more than 100 local volunteers contributed hundreds of hours of time and energy to support stewardship and maintenance of the nature reserves, ecological restoration activities, and citizen science surveys. Through the support and hard work of volunteers, LPBLT is pleased to report that 27.5 hectares of important habitat at the nature reserves has been enhanced to provide better functioning ecosystems. LPBLT is also proud to acknowledge the financial support of over 300 individual donors, sponsors, and foundations over the past year. These generous contributions have supported the securement of 4 new nature reserves as well as ongoing stewardship and restoration activities.
Long Point Basin Land Trust is proud to play a role in protecting natural areas in this region in perpetuity and also providing people opportunities to get outside and connect with nature.
About the Long Point Basin Land Trust
Long Point Basin Land Trust, a charitable non-government organization, was founded in 1996 with a mission to protect and restore functioning ecosystems in the central Carolinian Region. This is accomplished through land ownership, land management and nature stewardship. LPBLT currently protects thirteen nature reserves, totaling 843 acres. The Land Trust’s Explore the Outdoors program provide opportunities for people to connect with nature through hands-on outdoor experiences.
About the Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) mission is to build healthy and vibrant communities across Ontario. As an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations, last year, OTF invested nearly $209M into 2,042 community projects and partnerships, which included funding for the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund. Since 2020, OTF has supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non-profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.
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Long Point Basin Land Trust