About the Brant Land Trust
The Brant Land Trust is dedicated to securing, protecting and restoring functioning ecosystems and the rich biodiversity in Canada’s Carolinian region – an area supporting more rare species and animals than any other part of the country - but also the more threatened.
We cover the geographic region of the County of Brant and the City of Brantford. We recognize that these lands are the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishinaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. These peoples are the original caretakers of these territories – the peoples that lived on and worked intimately with these lands.
The Brant Land Trust commitment will be demonstrated through land ownership, habitat restoration, stewardship and outreach – while working to be caregivers to the lands within our region.
The Brant Land Trust was incorporated as a non-profit charitable organization in 2010. The objects of the Corporation are:
- To identify, conserve, preserve and restore the natural environment, working landscapes and heritage sites in the geographic region of the County of Brant, including environmental, scientific, scenic, open space, historic, architectural, landscape or archaeological interest;
- To develop trails in the County of Brant area through natural environment, working landscapes and heritage sites, where appropriate, to afford pedestrian and where feasible wheelchair access to the public of such sites, within the framework of careful and sustainable stewardship of such sites; and
- To research the natural environment, heritage sites and landscapes of the Brant County area for dissemination to benefit the general public by means of educational workshops and seminars.
To carry out these objects, the Brant Land Trust has the following incidental powers:
- Acquire, secure and manage lands and interests in lands of environmental, scientific, cultural, scenic, open space, historic, architectural, landscape or archaeological interest;
- Co-operate with individuals, organizations, government agencies, conservation authorities and others having similar aims and to encourage them in their activities;
- To receive, manage and disburse funds, donations and bequests;
- Such other powers as are consistent with the foregoing.
In 2018, the Brant Land Trust was registered as a charitable organization under the Income Tax Act.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors for the Brant Land Trust are:
- President - Mary Lou Knechtel
- Secretary - Stan Gorecki
- Treasurer - Arthur Meens
- Board Member - Duane Brown
- Board Member - Larry Mellors
- Board Member - Doug Brown
- Board Member - Robert Knechtel
The Board of Directors of the Brant Land Trust have approved the following bylaws concerning its operations and activities.