In the early 1990’s a group of concerned citizens met to discuss their concerns about the disappearance of natural spaces along the Rideau Waterway and the methods available to preserve these spaces. Out of these early meetings grew the idea to form a land trust.
The Rideau Waterway Land Trust (RWLT) was incorporated in the spring of 1996 as a non-profit organization with charitable status. From these humble beginnings, the RWLT grew quickly to become one of the leading community based land trusts in Canada.
With this growth came great successes but also great challenges. With a growing supporter base of 600 families and businesses and a core of active volunteers, the RWLT has been able to preserve 21 significant properties through ownership and conservation easement while expanding its area of interest to include all the communities within the Rideau Corridor from Kingston to Ottawa.
It has become evident that if the RWLT is to meet the expectations placed on it by the community, it has to expand the capacity of the organization to deliver its land preservation programs. The community has demonstrated its willingness to support the organization both in volunteer time and financial donations and in doing so continues to challenge the organization.
Nature has a future because our communities care.
To preserve important natural lands and habitat in the Rideau Corridor and foster a healthy future for our communities.
See the actions related to these ‘Strategic Priorities’.
The next few decades will prove to be pivotal in the history of land in the communities in the Rideau Area. There are many evolving factors, including changing climate, new science about habitat and wildlife loss as well as the role of nature in human health, and national and international initiatives to quickly conserve more of the earth’s natural heritage. The RWLT is determined to do its part to conserve nature and will position itself to accelerate the pace and quality of land conservation along the Rideau Waterway and in Eastern Ontario.