More protection for fragile zones
The Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) is now an environmental charity eligible to receive ecological gifts under Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program (EGP).
The program enables Canadians with ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. It offers significant tax benefits to landowners who donate land or a partial interest in land to a qualified recipient. The RRCA would become responsible for the conservation of the donated land’s biodiversity and environmental heritage.
“It provides peace of mind to landowners that can take comfort knowing their land will be cared for in the future by an organization that shares their conservation values,” notes RRCA general manager Richard Pilon.
Forests, grasslands, wetlands and shorelines have been protected under the EGP.
If a property has features that have been conserved in their natural state, it may qualify as an ecological gift. Contact the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (www.rrca.on.ca) for more information.
About the Ecological Gifts Program
The Ecological Gifts Program is administered by Environment and Climate Change Canada in cooperation with dozens of partners, including other federal departments, provincial and municipal governments, and environmental non-government organizations.
Between the inception of the program in 1995 and October 31, 2016, some 1,260 ecological gifts valued at over $807 million have been donated across Canada, protecting over 180,000 hectares of wildlife habitat. Many of these ecological gifts contain areas designated as being of national or provincial significance, and many are home to some of Canada's species at risk. For more information, visit https://www.ec.gc.ca/pde-egp/