Nature Trust of New Brunswick

It is not easy to put a dollar value on the benefits of unspoiled natural spaces or to determine the monetary value of a landscape that harbours wildlife and plant species. Natural areas, be they private or public, enhance the well-being of our society. By providing nesting grounds for birds, serving as seed sources for plant species which may have limited range, and contributing to the quality of our groundwater and river systems these natural areas contribute to the well-being of all New Brunswickers.

As land development pressures mount these natural areas become more vulnerable to human activity.  There is an increasing need for private citizens and groups like the Nature Trust to protect these natural spaces and keep the natural fabric of New Brunswick viable for future generations. Ultimately, the success of the Nature Trust’s protection efforts will depend on the generosity and participation of landowners like you.

The following are some options available to property owners for conserving New Brunswick’s natural landscapes:

  • Gifts of Land

    Gifts of Land

    You can give a gift of ecologically important land to the Nature Trust knowing that it will be preserved forever. The Nature Trust carefully evaluates each potential donation for its ecological and natural heritage significance. The Nature Trust encourages land donors, if able, to consider providing a stewardship endowment to be set aside for the future […]

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  • Gifts of Land in a Will

    Gifts of Land in a Will

    This option allows the landowner to retain ownership of their property during their lifetime, and ensure its preservation for the future. Learn more about Planned Giving.  

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  • Life Estates

    Life Estates

    Also called “remainder interests”, life estates are arrangements whereby a landowner may give his or her property to an organization such as the Nature Trust, while retaining the right to live on or use the property for the balance of his or her lifetime. There are potential tax advantages  to this arrangement, but they will generally be […]

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  • “Bargain Sales”

    “Bargain Sales”

    Occasionally the Nature Trust raises funds to purchase lands it wishes to conserve. In these cases, the Nature Trust may seek to buy a property at a bargain sale price, that is, below market value. The balance of the price is “paid” in the form of a tax receipt, valid for the difference between the […]

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  • Conservation Easements

    Conservation Easements

    A conservation easement is a legal agreement between a landowner and a third party (e.g. the Nature Trust) whereby certain rights (such as the right to harvest timber) are relinquished for the future conservation of the land. The landowners retain the title to their land, and may bequeath “Planned Giving” or sell it, knowing it will still […]

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  • Gifts by Non-Residents

    Gifts by Non-Residents

    It is possible for non-residents to make gifts of land or conservation easements in New Brunswick to a land trust. The Nature Trust has US 501(c)(3) charitable status. This means that gifts to the organization are deductible for US tax purposes to the extent that the donor has Canadian-source income. In addition, because of the […]

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  • Ecological Gifts (Ecogifts)

    Ecological Gifts (Ecogifts)

    Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program provides a way for Canadians with ecologically sensitive land to protect nature and leave a legacy for future generations. Made possible by the terms of the Income Tax Act of Canada, donors of Ecological Gifts pay less in capital gains tax (0% of the gift’s value is taxable, compared to 50% for […]

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  • Conservation or Limited Development

    Conservation or Limited Development

    This refers to the practice whereby a conservation agency such as the Nature Trust accepts property with the intention of setting aside the ecologically sensitive portions of the property, while providing for a limited amount of development on the less sensitive portions. Generally this will required a careful analysis of the site and creation of […]

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  • Leases


    Leases are a great option if the landowner does not wish to make a permanent commitment to donate a piece of land to the Nature Trust. Lease arrangements can give the Nature Trust exclusive access rights to properties for the terms of the lease, which can mean that a certain amount of protection is provided […]

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  • Private Land Stewardship

    Private Land Stewardship

    If you want to ensure that your land is protected, but you do not want to donate your property or use other options for formal protection, you can act on your own to practice good land stewardship. With forethought and understanding, landowners can care for, enhance, and rehabilitate their own properties. Sometimes the best approach […]

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  • Tax Implications

    Tax Implications

    Donating a piece of ecologically sensitive land to a qualified charity like the Nature Trust may result in considerable tax savings to you as a donor. The amount of tax benefit will depend on several things: 1) your personal income level and tax status; 2) whether the property is your principal residence; 3) confirmation that […]

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  • The Nature Trust as a Land Steward

    The Nature Trust as a Land Steward

    To ensure the continued health of its many nature preserves, the Nature Trust has established local stewardship committees to monitor and act as custodians of the nature preserves. This enables local people to take pride in these special places that have been conserved in their communities. It also provides the Nature Trust with important information […]

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  • The Need for Long-Term Stewardship Funds

    The Need for Long-Term Stewardship Funds

    From conducting biological inventories and monitoring boundary lines, to picking up someone’s thoughtlessly dumped refuse, caring for land costs money. At the Nature Trust of New Brunswick, we carefully consider the future costs of owning land or easements before they are acquired. For this reason, the Nature Trust requests that, when you consider a land or […]

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The Nature Trust of New Brunswick
404 Queen St. 3rd floor
P.O. Box 603, Station A
Fredericton, New Brunswick E3B 5A6
Phone: (506)457-2398
Fax: (506)450-2137

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