We are the Greenough and North Bruce Wilderness Alliance
Our mission is to conserve and restore the natural wild environment of lands along the western shore of the Northern Bruce Peninsula for everyone and forever.
For the protection of natural habitat, we plan to acquire and maintain wilderness lands for long-term public benefit, acquire and restore contiguous lands to enhance wildlife corridors, educate and promote the public’s appreciation of the natural wilderness, and align with other charities, organizations, institutions, events or activities that support our mission.
We are an Associate Member of the Ontario Land Trust Association (“OLTA”) as an Emerging Land Trust. As part of our association with the OLTA, we have agreed to support the 2019 Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices and have accepted these as the technical and ethical guidelines for our organization’s land securement and stewardship operations.
We are building a protected and biodiverse forest along the western shore of the Northern Bruce Peninsula.
Framing the western shore of the Northern Bruce Peninsula is a stretch of land over fifty kilometres long, from Cape Hurd to Stokes Bay, that is rich in natural beauty and biodiversity. It’s home to rare ecosystems—called alvars—and plant species such as the Threatened Hill’s Thistle and Lakeside Daisy and the Dwarf Lake Iris.
Its coniferous forest houses ancient cedars, lichens, mosses, and orchids and forms part of the largest remaining intact forest in Southwestern Ontario. The Endangered Eastern Massasauga Rattlesnake and a genetically distinct Black Bear call it home, while bald eagles and osprey nest alongside the shores of its many bays, drawn by an abundance of fish in coastal marshes. The bedrock on which these species have created habitat is ancient. It’s between 425 and 445 million years old.
Why create another organization to protect the environment?
The Northern Bruce Peninsula is recognized as a UNESCO Heritage site, a dark sky community, and is home to Threatened and Endangered species. However, its west shore is under threat by development.
Much of the east coast of the Northern Bruce Peninsula, the Georgian Bay side, is preserved by Parks Canada and the Bruce Trail Conservancy. By contrast, the west coast does not receive the same environmental protection. Shoreline forests have been removed to create waterfront views, and landscaped properties stretch to the water’s edge.
The Greenough and North Bruce Wilderness Alliance has been formed to conserve and restore the natural wild lands along the west shore of the Northern Bruce Peninsula. Its Board will seek to acquire lands to fulfill that mission.
We have submitted an application to the Canada Revenue Agency to become a registered charity. We will update this section when we have more information. In the interim, please contact at email@example.com.
The Greenough and North Bruce Wilderness Alliance adheres to the Canadian Land Trust Standards and Practices (2019), published by the Centre for Land Conservation (CLC). We are an Associate Member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA) as an Emerging Land Trust. OLTA is a member of the Alliance of Canadian Land Trusts (ACLT).