TIWLT received $102,000 from December 2014 to June 2015 for Old Baldy. We gave $75,00 of that for the purchase of phase 1 of Old Baldy. It was a complex land purchase and was completed June 25, 2015. So now we are finishing phase 2 of the land purchase which means we still need $56,000. Please help us reach that goal by the end of the summer and make all of the iconic Old Baldy preserved for ever.
Friends of Old Baldy
We are grateful to the friends and family of Henry Knotek who donated in his memory. They believed Mr Knotek would appreciate seeing Old Baldy on the face of the cliff forever.
We are grateful to the Frank family for their donations in the name of Richard and Irene Frank.
We are grateful to the Donald and John Ross families for their donations both of the easement on the family land and donations to Old Baldy.
Nearly everyone who visits Charleston Lake is taken to see “Old Baldy”, a natural formation near the top of a 25m high granite cliff that looks strikingly like a human head. It is said that the Aboriginal people believed that this figure was the guardian spirit of the lake. Now is the time to ensure this iconic lake feature and the fabulous wild lands behind it is itself safeguarded for all to see, for all time.
Charleston Lake is considered one of the most beautiful - if not the most beautiful - lakes in Eastern Ontario. It measures 10km north-south, 7km east-west, has over 160km of shoreline, and features more than 100 islands. At its deepest point, this most southerly lake trout lake in Canada is 100m deep. It is also one of the anchor points of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.
While Old Baldy is well-known around the lake and, indeed, throughout Eastern Ontario, many don’t realize that behind Old Baldy is a spectacular 130 acre forest and wetland, featuring habitat for dozens of species, including many at-risk species.
Back in 2010, preliminary planning approval was given to create three new 10-acre cottage lots on the land above and behind Old Baldy. Through the dedicated work of two Charleston Lake families, in conjunction with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC), a new plan would see these lands placed in permanent conservation by the NCC.
Now, the Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust (TIWLT), working with local partner organizations including the Charleston Lake Associations and Charleston Lake Environmental Association, Friends of Charleston Lake Provincial Park, Charleston Lake Provincial Park, Algonquin 2 Adirondack, and Leeds-Grenville Stewardship Council is spearheading a fundraising campaign to bring these lands into NCC stewardship.
This is one of the largest fundraising projects undertaken by TIWLT, with an interim fundraising goal of some $158,000. Fortunately, several prominent local organizations and individual donors have already pledged support, representing some $60,000. We are working very hard to secure the balance required by spring 2015, critically timed to match significant funding available through a special Federal Government of Canada program… but only if we can complete the transaction by spring 2015.
Every donation is important and this is a major project. And the TIWLT is able to issue a Charitable Donation Tax Receipt for donations by individuals with Canadian taxable income. For US donors, tax receipts can be issued by the organization American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts.
Please join us by supporting this historic effort to preserve one of Eastern Ontario’s most famous natural landmarks, and the exceptional mixed forest and wetland area behind it.