A major priority of
the KLRA Lake Plan is the conservation of a reasonable portion of
environmentally important shoreline in its natural state. This is a challenge because less than 15% of
our shoreline is public land, including government road allowances. (The MNR regards at least 25% as
desirable.) A first priority is to take
appropriate steps towards assuring that this land is secure from development.
addition, there are various possibilities for protecting important portions of
the land. These include encouraging
large land owners to set up land trusts, conservation easements, forest
management arrangements, or stewardship programs. Certain of these programs offer tax
incentives. The Muskoka Heritage Foundation plays a key role in a number of
these programs, and has a wealth of information on them. The KLRA executive is keen to explore
possibilities with interested persons.