Lone Pine Land Trust attends 2016 OLTA Conference

written by Dalila Seckar
On October 20 and 21, I attended the Ontario Land Trust Alliance conference at Geneva Park YMCA conference centre north of Orillia. Gary Bugg (also on the Board of Directors) and Sara Kelly (part-time coordinator) also attended part of the conference, with support from Ontario Trillium Foundation. Each day, there were several workshops with options to attend as well as plenary speakers. The workshops were primarily presented by employees or board members of land trusts and attendees shared valuable ideas. Below the photo of Geneva Park is a brief summary of the workshops and talks that I attended.

I learned about multivariate analysis that can be used to target land securement. With this technique, properties are evaluated based on criteria that includes considerations and risks. At another workshop, I learned about a natural heritage database (created for OLTA members) that can be used to store information on biota found in land trust properties.
I also attended workshops that focussed on member engagement and fundraising. Other land trusts gave examples of techniques they use to reach out and interact with property neighbours and members. Examples of campaigns and electronic news bulletin management systems were given. With respect to fundraising, presenters recommended creating stories that connect and resonate with donors.
The closing speaker was Dr. Diane Saxe, Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner. Reports on the government’s performance are available on the Environmental Commissioner website. Dr. Saxe recommended that all individuals make comments on proposals on Ontario’s Environmental Registry. Even if you do not have time to fully read the proposal and make an informed comment, letting the government know that you are concerned about the topic still has value. All provinces do not have the Environmental Registry or an Environmental Commissioner and Ontarians should make use of these tools.

Lone Pine Land Trust

Lone Pine Land Trust is a non-profit charity based in Northumberland County.