The Muskoka Conservancy relies on a very active board of directors and staff to get all our work done.
In order to protect, nurture and conserve Muskoka we work with many partners across Canada and the US.
In January 2013 the Muskoka Conservancy was born out of the amalgamation of the Muskoka Heritage Foundation and Muskoka Heritage Trust. While our name has changed, our mission is the same – “To nurture, conserve, and protect Muskoka’s natural and built heritage for future generations!”
We protect 37 properties throughout Muskoka which accounts for more than 2,400 acres and over 37,000 ft of sensitive shoreline. These properties are protected through direct ownership or through conservation easements. For more information on our protected lands go to our Protected Properties page.
We all have our reasons for loving Muskoka. Whether it is the wild call of the loon in the evening, the silent mist on the lake, or a casual hike in the woods, Muskoka inspires us to consider the natural world around us and to connect with the generations that came before. In order to help protect environment and traditions of Muskoka we need the support of all those who love to be here, whether for the day, a month, the summer, or the rest of your life.
Why Our Work Is Important
Muskoka’s unique environment is fragile and under pressures of growth, fragmentation and climate change. Fundraising in current economic conditions is challenging. The urgency to strengthen and broaden a strong environmental voice that speaks for all of Muskoka is real and compelling. We work with partners to marshal volunteer energy and expertise to protect, preserve and restore Muskoka’s wetlands, forests, and waterways.
What We Do
Responsible Land Conservation
We currently hold over 2,400 acres of land and 37,000 feet of shoreline in 37 nature reserves and conservation easements.
We encourage environmentally responsible behavior through public awareness programs, annual awards, and shoreline restoration projects. We also promote sound environmental practices such as wetland protection, dark sky initiatives and the planting of indigenous trees and shrubs.
Built and Cultural Heritage
We support the built and cultural heritage across Muskoka through the works of our Built and Cultural Heritage Committee. The committee recognizes individuals and properties with our Stewardship awards at our Annual General Meeting.