Photo Credit: Cameron Arsenault

To accomplish its objective of protecting environmentally significant private land in the Bras d’Or watershed on Cape Breton Island, the Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust is engaged in using the following conservation tools:

1. Conservation Easements

A conservation easement allows private land owners to enter into an agreement that identifies part or all of their property as a conservation area. The agreement defines what uses are allowed and restricted within the conservation area, to ensure that the land is conserved in a way that enhances or protects the natural environment and the biodiversity of the site. The owner of the property retains full ownership and control over the land, and is eligible to receive a tax exemption for the land identified in the agreement. Learn more about conservation easements.

2. Land Donations or Bequests

The Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust accepts donations of land within the Bras d’Or Lakes watershed of Cape Breton Island. Donating land that is ecologically significant is a wonderful way to protect those qualities for generations to come. The Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust will ensure that these lands are preserved forever. What a legacy to leave behind! Land donations can offer the owner or their heirs significant tax benefits and relieve them of maintenance costs and worries. Learn more about what land donations we can accept.

3. Fee Simple Acquisition

The Bras d’Or Preservation Nature Trust is working to establish an endowment that will allow the organization to purchase property that has a high conservation value in the Bras d’Or Lakes watershed of Cape Breton. Read more about this initiative.

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