Sustaining Biodiversity Protection and Restoration Potential as the Foundation of Land Trust Business
This project is designed to create a strong plan for both the environmental and economic sustainability of the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust and the properties they manage through the ecological gifts program. Another benefit to this project for the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust is that donors are much more likely to contribute land and dollars to the Land Trust if they are comfortable with role the Land Trust plays as a steward of the land, including activities related to ecological restoration and of damaged properties. The interns work is related to developing a new business model for these land trusts as well as developing a new assessment methodology for restoration potential of the various land in the Haliburton region. This increased restoration potential of lands would lead to attracting more visitors to the Haliburton region increasing the local economy through eco-tourism.