Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System partners protect more than 100 acres of natural lands

Nov 10, 2014

Conservation groups are working together to permanently protect land in the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System. Conservation Halton, Hamilton Naturalists’ Club, and Bruce Trail Conservancy, partners in the ecopark system, are jointly purchasing environmentally significant land in Aldershot. The 24 acre property abuts Clappison Escarpment Woods which is already protected by Conservation Halton, creating a corridor of natural greenspace along the Niagara Escarpment. As one of the few southerly-facing sections of the Niagara Escarpment, the warmer micro-climate present in this area results in an unusual forested slope that provides habitat for many rare plant species.

“Protecting more environmentally significant land along the Escarpment is a priority for Conservation Halton,” says Niall Lobley from Conservation Halton. “This property provides an important east-west and north-south corridor for wildlife. We could not have secured this property without our partners in the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System and are looking forward to protecting more land.”

“The Hamilton Naturalists’ Club has been protecting and stewarding land for almost 55 years and is pleased to help with the purchase of this unique property,” says Warren Beacham, Sanctuary Director with the Hamilton Naturalists’ Club. “It’s wonderful see the Cootes to Escarpment partners working together to protect land.”

With this property acquisition, partners in the ecopark system have permanently protected more than 100 acres of ecologically significant land in the past two years, through purchase, donation and conservation easement.

“The purchase of the Aldershot property is an example of what can be achieved when we work together. It exemplifies the mission of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System: to work together to protect, connect and restore natural lands between the Harbour and the Escarpment,” said Dr. David Galbraith, Chair of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System Management Committee and Head of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens. “We are delighted at the progress made so far in permanently protecting natural lands in the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System and look forward to continuing this momentum.”

“Private landowners have a critical role to play in protecting our remaining natural areas. They have been caring for their lands, and recognizing this, we want to help to permanently protect these important natural areas,” said Jen Baker, Land Securement Specialist with the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System.

Landowners have many options to ensure their land is permanently protected, including donation, conservation easement and sale/purchase. Partners in the EcoPark System have permanently protected land through purchase, donation, and conservation easement. Significant income tax savings may be realized by landowners who make a donation of land or a conservation easement. EcoPark System partners can help landowners determine the best option that meets their needs and can then help with the land securement process. 

The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System is one of Canada’s biodiversity hotspots, home to more than 1,500 species of plants and animals, including nearly one quarter of Canada’s wild plants. The ecopark system lands are owned and managed by ten local government and non-profit partners who have committed to work together to protect, connect and restore the extraordinary natural heritage in the ecopark system area.

Conservation Halton (CH) works to protect, restore and manage natural resources in your watershed from lake to escarpment. Our vision is to sustain a healthy watershed with clean streams, vigorous forests, abundant green space and balanced growth that results in strong livable communities. 

Hamilton Naturalists' Club (HNC) is a volunteer-led, charitable organization that has been protecting nature and promoting public awareness of the natural environment since 1919. 

Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. It is one of Ontario's largest land trusts, preserving over 8,000 acres of Niagara Escarpment landscape. (

For more information please contact

Jen Baker
Land Securement Specialist
Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System 

  • bruce trail
  • city of burlington
  • Conservation Halton
  • Halton Region
  • City of Hamilton
  • Hamilton Conservation Authority
  • hamilton harbour
  • Hamilton Naturalists' club
  • McMaster
  • RBG

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