Conservation in action

The Ontario Heritage Trust works to conserve Ontario's natural heritage. We have a number of tools to assist with these conservation efforts to protect our threatened resources:

Land held in trust

The Trust holds approximately 9,100 acres (nearly 3,700 hectares) for the people of Ontario. This number includes 3,650 acres (1,460 hectares) along the Bruce Trail. We have also assisted other organizations to secure a further 36,000 acres (14,499 hectares). Protected land includes the habitats of endangered species, rare Carolinian forests, wetlands, sensitive features of the Oak Ridges Moraine, nature reserves on the Canadian Shield and the spectacular Niagara Escarpment.

Heritage conservation easements

Easements are voluntary legal agreements between the Trust and owners of natural heritage properties that restrict the use and development of the properties – while the properties still remain in private (non-Trust) ownership. The Trust protects over 2,900 acres (nearly 1,200 hectares) of natural heritage land through conservation easements. This protected land includes the habitats of endangered species, wetlands, sensitive features and nature reserves.

Public awareness

The Trust raises public awareness of the value of conservation. Working with volunteers across the province, we help communities understand and conserve their natural heritage. We also publish brochures and guides that promote wise land stewardship.


The Trust works with organizations such as the Nature Conservancy of Canada, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, the Ontario Nature, the Bruce Trail Conservancy, the Niagara Escarpment Commission, conservation authorities, other land trusts and local naturalist clubs. Joint ventures include public awareness activities and land acquisition.