The role of Land Stewardship is to steward the Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) owned and managed lands in the Caledon Hills section of the Bruce Trail.
Currently, there are 18 BTC owned or managed conservation lands and easements in our section, and new lands are continually being added. Conservation properties are managed by volunteer Land Stewards whose activities are coordinated by the Club Land Steward Director.
Wood lily on stewarded property, photo credit: Hamish Duthie
Each property has a property management plan that has been prepared by the BTC ecologists. Land Stewards help to implement the recommendations of these property plans (e.g. cleanup projects, reforestation, deal with encroachment issues).
Many BTC owned lands were formerly farmland and our aim is to restore these with tree plantings and removal of invasive alien species where possible. Thus, in the long term we envisage the Bruce Trail located on natural or restored Escarpment lands along its entire length from Niagara to Tobermory.
Clintonia on stewarded property, photo credit: Hamish Duthie