Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust

To permanently protect the land and its assets in the Thousand Islands watershed through acquisition and conservation easements, and to achieve good land management through stewardship agreements and education.

1. To identify significant natural, historic and cultural sites in the Canadian Thousand Islands regions;
2. To ensure the protection of heritage areas through donation, gift, purchase or easement;
3. To educate landowners and the public on the benefits of preserving and protecting these areas for future generations;
4. To establish a land stewardship program

TIWLT evolved in 2007 from an earlier organization called The Canadian Thousand Islands Heritage Conservancy (CTIHC). CTIHC was formed in 1993 by a group of local citizens concerned with preservation of land and cultural heritage values in the Canadian St. Lawrence River valley, generally between Brockville and Gananoque Ontario. As CTIHC itself evolved over the years its activities expanded geographically and it focused increasingly on the preservation of greenspace lands, including small islands in the St. Lawrence. In 2006 it was decided to formally incorporate a new land trust under federal charter and that process has resulted in the present TIWLT, with a geographic area of operations encompassing a roughly triangular area bounded by Brockville on the east, Gananoque on the west and Westport on the north. Because CTIHC spearheaded the successful efforts to establish the UNESCO - designated Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve (FABR) in 2003 there has always been a close relationship between the two organizations and TIWLT continues this association, maintaining its office at the FABR site, 19 Reynolds Rd. at the1000 Islands Parkway.

What We Do
TIWLT pursues its mission to “permanently protect land in the Thousand Islands watershed region through acquisition or conservation agreements, and to achieve good land management through stewardship agreements and education” through a number of mechanisms. In addition to Conservation Agreements (legal covenants between landowners and a Land Trust that define downsteam preservation of land conservation values), donation agreements (transfer of ownership to the Land Trust) and land purchases for transfer to third-party stewards such as national or provincial parks, TIWLT acts as a broker to facilitate the transfer of lands from private to public ownership in cases where this can result in the preservation of appropriate land conservation values.

How We Do It
TIWLT Directors and volunteers collectively encompass a wide range of expertise and are available to provide advice and consultation on questions landowners may have on the various options for ensuring “best practices” for their lands. Once a decision has been made on the type of mechanism most appropriate, TIWLT members work in partnership with the owner to carry the process through to completion. For some mechanisms (e.g. Conservation Agreements), monitoring of lands on an annual basis is required, and TIWLT volunteers will carry out this responsibility in consultation with the owner.

TIWLT believes that an important part of its mandate is the dissemination of knowledge to the public concerning the reasons and needs for preserving conservation land values. To do this, it will keep its membership informed through newsletters, communications on specific events or topics, Annual Meetings, workshops and other appropriate measures.


Contact Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust

Dave Warner
19 Reynolds Rd
Lansdowne, Ontario  K0E 1L0
Phone: (613) 923-2054

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