Concerned about climate change and biodiversity loss? Protecting our local landscapes is one part of the solution to a healthier future.

We have a goal to raise $110,000 to close out the Corridors Campaign. Your gift supports acquisition efforts to secure more wilderness in the Black River & Carden regions.

The Corridors Campaign is a multi-year effort to protect wilderness in the Black River and Carden regions. Powered by people like you, we work to secure more wilderness for future generations.

There are several properties currently being negotiated under the Corridors Campaign umbrella and we need  $110,000 more to push us to our goal. That campaign funding will power us forward on these projects now in play and give us the flexibility to react quickly to opportunities. The fund also gives us the critical ability to attract more support from government sources and foundations – one of the key conditions we set out to create with the Corridors Campaign.

This critically important work to combat climate change and biodiversity loss would not be possible without the ongoing support of our many volunteers, donors and other funders. Thank you!


nature reserves protected since the Campaign was launched in 2019


acres protected thanks to Corridors Campaign supporters and funders


additional acres we are working to protect by 2025, as set out in our Strategic Plan


Species At Risk who rely on habitat in our region


The Deverell-Morton Prairie Alvar:

Key facts:
  • 400-acres on the Carden Alvar;
  • Priority 1 area for protection in our Acquisition Strategy;
  • an Important Bird & Biodiversity Area (IBBA), an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest and contains globally rare alvar habitat and species;
  • Home to a variety of Species-At-Risk;
  • An important rest stop for migrating birds;
  • Carden Alvar hosts more than 230 bird species, 450 plants, and 140 butterfly/dragonfly species;
  • Area is important for our communities - it helps reduce flooding, helps store carbon and is a nature-based solution to our changing climate.

The creation of wildlife corridors has become more urgent in the face of a rapidly changing climate. Corridors reduce fragmentation, which has a big impact on species survival. A UN report that concludes a million species are threatened with extinction, and the fact that many Canadian provinces could become ‘climate refuges’ for animals heading north to escape rising temperatures. We are working towards creating the starting point of the wildest spaces left in Ontario.

The reality has been reflected in The Couchiching Conservancy’s approach to updating its natural heritage acquisition strategy. Working with partners over a span of two years, we developed the document Conservation Priorities for The Couchiching Conservancy. It identifies several high-priority zones within the Conservancy’s coverage area. Through this process, it became clear the importance of the Black River Wildlands region and Carden Alvar.


Red Trillium

Nature Reserves protected thanks to Corridors Campaign supporters:

  • Cedarhurst Alvar NR
  • Taylor NR
  • Leida & Roman Marley NR
  • Sweetwater Farm NR
  • Whitney Wetland NR
  • Nicholson NR
  • Deverell-Morton NR


With increasing development pressure in our area, we have a goal to raise $1.4M to help move forward acquisition and protection efforts. We still need to raise $500K and every donation is important and moves us closer to our land conservation objectives. Your donation will go towards the priority project.

Donations over $1,000 annually are included in our Leader's Circle, which gives you access to events, early registration for popular Passport to Nature events, special recognition in our Annual Report and more.

Donate online here

Adams Nature Reserve. Photo by T. Rowland.
This reserve is within the Black River Wildlands Corridor.

1. Identify biological hotspots using data such as Species at Risk, habitat and atlases

2. Find opportunities for protection to create connectivity between places we protect, wilderness areas protected by other organizations, Indigenous led areas and private land owners

3. Create a roadmap for land protection priorities for the next 25 years

Development Committee

Our committee helps in many ways to further the land trust movement to protect as much wilderness as possible while the opportunities are still there. We are grateful for their commitment to this work.

Doug Varty

Doug Christie

Jane Bonsteel

Tanya Clark