raresites is an initiative of the rare Charitable Research Reserve to promote community-driven land securement in the Grand River watershed. raresites has developed a land securement strategy
for the rare Charitable Research Reserve to identify, acquire or otherwise protect ecologically important areas in the Waterloo-Wellington region as conservation lands. This identified the Eramosa River “Conservation Corridor” as a priority for conservation.
raresites has recently made its first offer to purchase. This is an 87 acre property in the Eramosa River Corridor, on the 7th Line between Everton and Highway 50 near Rockwood. It has 4 sections, with one large open area being proposed to be seeded as meadow for grassland birds. The largest section is wooded land through which the Eramosa river runs. Discussions with adjacent landowners and others in the area suggest that this property will link to future up to 950 acres of conservation “easements” in a proposed Eramosa River conservation corridor. raresites is trying to raise up to $1 M for purchase ($800K) and stewardship ($200K), and have asked Nature Guelph to contribute both financially and through longer term engagement with this property.
Nature Guelph membership is contributing $10,000 from the Land Acquisition and Conservation Restricted Fund to match any NG member additional contributions 1:1 from the $10,000 remaining in the fund. NG has just over $20,000 in its Land Stewardship Fund.
Every dollar counts. A contribution of any size means you will be making a significant difference to the health and beauty of our area –– forever.
Donations can be made either by giving or sending a cheque to the Nature Guelph Treasurer, Laura Rundle (firstname.lastname@example.org): Treasurer, Nature Guelph, PO Box 1401, Guelph, Ontario N1H 6N8, or by donating on the Canada Helps website (CanadaHelps.org).
To donate through Canada Helps, search on their website for Nature Guelph, then under “Donate now” apply the donation to the “raresites Eramosa conservation land acquisition” in the drop-down menu. Depending on how you donate, Laura Rundle or the Canada Helps website site will issue a tax receipt for the donation.
Further details are available from John Prescott, the Club’s representative on the raresites team (email@example.com). If you would like to make a gift of stocks, you can contact Christine Thompson at rare to obtain the necessary information (Christine.Thompson@raresites.org or 519.650.9336 x118).