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Recapping the summer of 2014 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry O'Connor
Saturday, 27 September 2014 11:01

I hope summer 2014 was been full of new and wonderful memories. This summer I had an opportunity to see Norah's Island. My first visit to Norah's Island reminded me of portaging and camping on an island in a lake in Algonquin Park for the first time when my son was only four years old. As I recall, my son and I stopped to cook a small lake trout over an open fire on a little island with a half dozen trees. The memory fills my Métis heart with joy, as moments like that can never be duplicated. Each of our Land Trust properties have many lifetimes of similar memories and countless volunteers to be thanked.

Our lands have a huge number of volunteer hours tied to their history. From the land owners that wish their properties to be protected, and who have spent many hours caring for the land - both before and after making their donation; to the volunteer monitors who steward the land; to the committees of volunteers who work to plan for the future of each property. Once the lands are transferred to the Land Trust, the volunteer commitment increases, as we strive to meet the strict guidelines of the Canadian Ministry of Environment. Management committees have been established for Norah's Island and the Dahl Forest, which leaves the Barry Wetland and Smith Forest in need of new committees to be created for their management.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 September 2014 11:02
Turtle Road Mortality Mitigation & More PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry O'Connor
Saturday, 27 September 2014 10:41

Given the damp start we have had to the summer, it is easy to say that as the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust Executive Director, I have gotten my feet wet. I have had the opportunity to speak to the Haliburton Rotary Club, chat at the Chamber of Commerce breakfast meetings and speak to the Seniors Club at the Minden Legion. To date, most of the conversations have been about the Turtle project. However, I am looking forward to speaking more about the role of the Land Trust. If you are wondering whether I am available to speak to small groups, service clubs or associations about the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust? Yes I am.

Now that we have completed the first phase of the Species at Risk - Turtle Road Mortality Mitigation project, we can breathe a deep sigh of relief in the office. We had an incredible number of volunteers from the community come forward; students and even Board and Staff are participating in our monitoring process. No matter how you measure the success of this project either; in the number of turtles we have counted, number of volunteer hours or public awareness: it has been a huge success.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 September 2014 11:02
Learning Curves, Tours & Turtles PDF Print E-mail
Written by Larry O'Connor
Saturday, 27 September 2014 10:15

My first two months at the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust has been a whirlwind of activities. Meeting board members, many other members and a large number of volunteers has been personally very exciting. The Land Trust has been very well governed and is in an excellent position to grow in the future.

A personal highlight has been speaking with the family members of those that made generous land donations to the Land Trust. So far, I have been to the Barry Wetlands and the Dahl Forest; the latter for a personally guided tour by Peter Dahl. I look forward to visiting the other two sites and thank those involved in monitoring our lands.

Last Updated on Saturday, 27 September 2014 11:03
Land Trust taps experience with new director PDF Print E-mail
Written by Matthew Desrosiers, Editor,The Highlander
Friday, 21 March 2014 20:20

The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust has hired its first executive director.

Larry O’Connor has been coming up to the Highlands for almost 40 years, the last 15 of which were spent on 12-Mile Lake at his summer home. He moved here full-time a year-and-a-half ago.
O’Connor is the past chair of the Kawartha Region Conservation Authority, a former parliamentary assistant to the Ontario Minister of the Environment, a member of the Ontario Legislative Assembly and mayor of the Township of Brock.
“I always had an interest in what’s happening in the community,” he said. “It’s partly my interest that got me into politics, and the community engagement piece I think is the most important piece of it.”
He said working for the Land Trust was an easy choice.
“When I came here, I saw this as a perfect fit. Hopefully we can engage the community a little bit more and reinvigorate the membership list.”
O’Connor always took a keen interest in the environment.



Last Updated on Friday, 21 March 2014 22:31
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