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Rock Our World 2021 
"Pay It Forward" Auction 

HHLT will be holding a unique online auction this August 1st to 15th, titled Pay It Forward. Read on to see why!

Some businesses have suffered and some have thrived during this past year of Covid-19 shutdowns and regulations. We are asking the businesses who have thrived to become a Pay It Forward sponsor. Their donation of $100 or more will be used to purchase a gift certificate or item from a local business that has suffered. Individuals may also be a Pay It Forward sponsor.

We call this a 4 Way Win event! 

Win 1 - The Pay It Forward Sponsors will be recognized for their support
Win 2 - The small businesses where we purchase a product gain income 
Win 3 - The HHLT receives funding through the auction
Win 4 - The people of Haliburton County and beyond benefit from thriving businesses and from the wonderful properties protected by HHLT. 

If you would like to be a Pay It Forward sponsor - business or individually- please contact HHLT today! 705-457-3700 or

Watch for more details as the auction date approaches!

The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust, family, friends and the community of Haliburton Highlands were saddened by the passing of Leopoldina Dobrzensky on Thursday March 18, 2021.  Leopoldina and her daughter Margaret gifted the beautiful property known as Barnum Creek Nature Reserve to HHLT in 2019.


Read memories and thoughts by Sheila Ziman and Greg Wickware HERE.

View the video of Leopoldina sharing her "Story of Conservation" HERE.

You can honour Leopoldina's memory by getting outside and soaking in the beauty of nature.

Please welcome Shelley Hunt as the new Chair of the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust!

Shelley holds a PhD in Environmental Biology and spent 14 years as a professor at the University of Guelph, where she still teaches part-time in the School of Environmental Sciences. She also had the honour of spending over 6 years as the director of the university’s Arboretum. Shelley’s background is in Forest Ecology, and her research has taken her to a variety of forest regions, from boreal northern Ontario to the Carolinian zone in the southwest of the province, mainly to study the impacts of forest management practices on ecosystem structure and function.

She is a true ‘tree hugger’ at heart, an interest sparked by time spent as a child in the woods of Haliburton, where her family has been cottaging for many decades. Along with her husband and 9-year-old son, Shelley recently made the move to live here and she couldn’t be more excited to spend all her time in the Haliburton Highlands. We are excited that Shelley has taken on this leadership role with HHLT! 

HHLT thanks Greg Wickware for the past months of work as the HHLT Chair.  We are pleased that Greg will stay on the Board of directors as Past Chair and will continue to work towards promoting research and land stewardship and contribute his expertise to our organization. Thank you, Greg, for your guidance and leadership. 

Buy your own Barnum Creek Nature Reserve puzzle today!  Makes a great gift or try it on your own.
Click Here to purchase. 

We also have a limited supply of Dahl Forest puzzles available. Inquire by calling 705-457-3700

Grant Announcements, AGM, and Discovery Days

  • Thanks to HCDC for supporting HHLT with a grant which will be used to investigate new parking options at Barnum Creek Nature Reserve.
  • Thanks to RBC for funding research to enhance previous work on wetlands mapping. For the full details, please watch our website, local newspapers, and future newsletters as our research progresses. 
  • The 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday June 18th via ZOOM. Pre-registration is required.  Find all information and registration options on our website soon! To vote you must be a member in good standing 30 days prior to the AGM.  If you would like to become a member or renew your membership, please Click Here or call our office at 705-457-3700.
  • Land Trust Discovery Days live events are presently on hold.  We have moved to online engagement through our Facebook page. You are encouraged to share your photos and observations of Spring Wildflowers and Wild Leeks. Find links to identification guides and information on our website or by CLICKING HERE

Our Adopt an Acre Campaigns at Dahl Forest and Barnum Creek Nature Reserve continue to be popular! 
Click Here for details and to adopt your acre today!

Geeza Creek bubbling under the footbridge at Dahl Forest. 
Please click here to become a member and supporter of the HHLT! Your donation will go towards our stewardship fund.

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