The Land Conservancy has no paid staff. It is run entirely by volunteers who are dedicated to preserving vital habitat for species survival.

Every penny the Land Conservancy receives from members, donors, and funders is used for land acquisition and stewardship. Annual operating and property stewardship costs are $8,000.

We set aside money in a land acquisition fund so that we are ready to cover acquisition costs, such as appraisals, when a donor offers a property to us or when we buy a property that is important to preserve as wild land. We have a land acquisition policy and are developing a natural heritage action plan to identify priority areas for protection.

To cover the ongoing costs of property ownership and conservation easement management, we maintain a stewardship account to generate sufficient annual income to cover property taxes, property insurance, and other expenses related to property responsibilities. We also have money set aside in the Natural Areas Protection Fund which is endowed with the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area.

We follow the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices and are members of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance, a charitable organization supporting land conservation and land trusts in Ontario.

Vital habitat protected

Thanks to the generous donations of landowners, members, supporting individuals, and funders, the Land Conservancy now protects eight properties with a total area of 220 hectares (540 acres), providing habitats for 18 species at risk. To preserve these habitats for all the animal and plant species that thrive there, most Land Conservancy properties are not open to the public. They are nature reserves for the purpose of conservation.

Visiting Depot Creek Nature Reserve

You are invited to visit the Depot Creek Nature Reserve (DCNR). Located at 6329 First Lake Road, in Bellrock, this 29-hectare (71-acre) property offers visitors a chance to explore a variety of habitats – wetlands, woodlands, and open spaces – on marked trails that can be covered in a morning or afternoon outing.

This property was purchased in 2012 thanks to the generous donations of 137 individuals and funders. Thank you!

Please respect the rich diversity of the Nature Reserve should you decide to visit. This means staying on the trails and being a gentle observer of nature. For your convenience, there is a privy near the Elephant Rock. From May to November, there may be cattle in the meadow. Take care walking through this area and make sure you close the gates. Double check! Dogs are not allowed on any part of the property.

The Kingston Field Naturalist’s BioBlitz at DCNR in June 2013 identified 691 species of animals and plants, from birds to reptiles to fungi. We would be pleased to hear of your sightings. You can send us an email or let us know on Facebook.

The last Sundays of the month, from March to October, a work party does trail maintenance and other stewardship tasks. You are most welcome to join. The group meets at noon in the parking lot off First Lake Road. Contact Anne Robertson for more information.


Other protected properties

Meyer Woods, our first property, was the generous donation of Henry and Marion Meyer. This 75 hectare (186 acre) lakefront property is home to several species at risk including

Marion & Henry Meyer

The Arthur Nature Reserve, a 16-hectare (40-acre) lakefront property, was kindly given to the Land Conservancy by Dr. Diane Arthur. It is protecting nine species at risk, including the Eastern Black Ratsnake. It is an EcoGift.

The Lee Nature Reserve is a 12.5 hectare (31 acre) triangle of land on the west side of the Salmon River adjacent to the Mellon Lake Conservation Reserve. It has 914 metres of shoreline. The land is characterized by granite cliffs rising in successive ridges away from the river, and features several habitats, including rocky barren outcrops, deciduous woods, and riverine wetland. The property is home to Five-lined Skink, a species of special concern. The Lee Nature Reserve was the gift of Steven Lee, and qualified as an EcoGift.

Salmon and Snake Islands are located about one kilometre off Kingston’s shoreline. The islands are small rocky outcrops that have been the subject of Canadian Wildlife Services research for almost 40 years. They were the gift of Dr. James Day and Robert Carson, and qualified as EcoGift. The Toronto Star profiled the islands as home for Ring-billed and Herring Gulls in this 2011 report.

The Land Conservancy holds conservation easements on two properties, totaling 85 hectares (212 acres), one near Westport and the other on the Salmon River, with 990 meters of shoreline. A conservation easement limits further human use of the land, preserving natural features in perpetuity.

The Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program provided $14,195 to assist with the acquisition of the Arthur Nature Reserve, the Lee Nature Reserve, Salmon and Snake Islands, and the two conservation easement properties. Financial support for the Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program was originally provided by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and more recently by The Government of Canada Habitat Stewardship Program for Species at Risk.   canada

Corporate information

Mission Statement

The Land Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and protect natural sites and landscapes in Kingston and Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Counties.

Guiding Vision

To create a Land Conservancy that people throughout Frontenac and Lennox and Addington Counties will recognize as a trustworthy and far-sighted organization, preserving and protecting natural sites and landscapes in this area. The communities will see value in our goal of protecting representative significant natural habitats, supporting biodiversity and connecting natural areas across the counties, and will respect efforts to encourage land stewardship through cooperation with other environmental organizations and support for landowners. The Land Conservancy will be seen as a key partner in protecting the ecological integrity of this part of Ontario.

Incorporated as a federal, not-for-profit corporation in 2004.

Authorized to:

  • issue charitable receipts, Canada Revenue Agency
  • receive EcoGift, Environment Canada

Board of Directors: 11-members
Membership: 135-members

Strategic Plan 2015 – 2020, including regional maps
Funders We are very grateful to funders who have supported land acquisition, stewardship projects, training, and other activities.

Annual operating and property stewardship costs

Memberships, donations, and investment revenue support the Land Conservancy’s work. The 2015 operating budget for the Land Conservancy is $8,000.

$ 4,000 for Directors and Officers liability insurance, Ontario Land Trust Alliance membership, office expenses, etc.

$ 4,000 for property taxes, liability insurance, property maintenance and monitoring.

For any new acquisition, by gift or purchase, we set aside at least 10% of the appraised value of the property in a stewardship account. This ensures our capacity to preserve the property over the long term.

We also have an endowed fund with the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area, the Natural Areas Protection Fund. This Fund provides an additional source of funds for property stewardship costs. The capital in this Fund is permanently invested with the Community Foundation. We receive an annual grant from the Fund.

If you would like to support the stewardship of Land Conservancy properties please make a donation to our stewardship account or to the Community Foundation and designate it for the Land Conservancy’s Natural Areas Protection Fund.

Natural Areas Protection Fund

To generate funds to pay annual stewardship costs for Land Conservancy properties, the Natural Areas Protection Fund is endowed with the Community Foundation for Kingston & Area. The capital in this Fund, is permanently invested with the Community Foundation. We receive an annual grant from the Fund.

If you would like to support the stewardship of Land Conservancy properties please make a donation to our stewardship account or to the Community Foundation and designate it for the Natural Areas Protection Fund of the Land Conservancy.

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Annual Meetings

Next annual meeting

6:45 p.m., Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Ongwanada Resource Centre
191 Portsmouth Avenue
Kingston, K7M 8A6

You’ll hear the President’s Report on 2014 activities, an update from the Chair of the Land Acquisition Committee, and the Treasurer’s and Auditor’s Report.

Please get in touch with Larry McCurdy, Chair, Nominations Committee, if you are interested in joining the Board.

Guest speaker: Dr. Gray Merriam, landscape ecologist, retired professor, author. Dr. Merriam will speak about “Beauty in Natural Processes” with photographs to illustrate the natural processes that produce and maintain ecosystems.

Board of Directors


Tina Bailey
Chris Cannon
Dale Dilamarter
Kathleen Laird
Paul Mackenzie
Anne Robertson
Caroline Rowlands

Workparty DCNR


Vicki Schmolka, President

Mary Alice Snetsinger
Vice President

Roger Healey, Treasurer

Larry McCurdy, Secretary


Land Acquisition Committee, Chair
Paul Mackenzie

Mapping Committee, Chair
Kate Laird

Finance Committee, Chair
Roger Healey

Communications Committee, Chair,
Vicki Schmolka


Read articles about us or about land trusts in general.

June 2014 article in Vista magazine entitled Green Matters describing our land conservancy and how it helps protect natural spaces. The article notes that the Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and Addington is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014. This article is supplied courtesy of the Seniors’ Association of Kingston.

April 5, 2011 coverage in Kingston This Week announces an important property donation to our land conservancy.

An article in the December 29, 2009 Kingston Whig Standard also described this property donation.

Alec Ross’s article in the February 2010 Vista specifically speaks to a donation to our land conservancy.

Wood Gundy (Kingston)’s newsletter in January 2009 ably captured the basic concepts around land trusts.

Past annual meeting speakers

2014 Dr. Barrie Gilbert, retired wildlife biologist. On restoring wild spaces to provide better habitat for bees, birds, and beavers
2013 Michael Runtz, author, photographer. On “Beavers: Nature’s Wetland Engineers”
2012 Dr. Chip Weseloh, researcher, Canadian Wildlife Service, Environment Canada. On 35 years of research on the waterbirds of eastern Lake Ontario
2011 Anne Robertson, Land Conservancy Board member, a virtual tour of Meyer Woods
2010 Howard Clifford, donor of a conservation easement, cliffLAND, a 506 hectare (1250 acre) property in Lanark. On the love for and protection of nature
2009 Raleigh Robertson, retired Queen’s University professor of biology. On preserving land for science, education, and conservation using the Queen’s University Biological Station as an example
2008 Wayne Grady, author. On the future of the Great Lakes
2007 Don Ross, Executive Director, Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve. On the Reserve’s UNESCO designation
2006 Dan Kraus, Ontario Conservation Science Manager, Nature Conservancy of Canada. On the Conservation Blueprint for the Great Lakes region
2005 Dale Kristensen, Quuen’s University. On ecological restoration