Public wilderness close to home.
As we become more urbanized every year, the amount and quality of our nearby wilderness areas becomes more important. The Rideau Valley Conservation Foundation is proud to act as a steward of these close-to-home conservation areas and natural parks that provide an antidote to the daily grind and stresses of our city lifestyles. Whether it’s for fishing, birdwatching, dog walking, exercise, swimming, recreation, peace and quiet or quality family time, our local conservation lands in the Rideau Valley welcome you. They are safe, well-equipped and, above all, close to home…within a 30-minute drive from Ottawa, Perth, Smiths Falls or Westport.
Many of these public properties give access to natural shorelines, playing fields or walking trails. A number are on the beautiful Rideau River, a Canadian Heritage River and now, a World Heritage Site.
New Conservation Lands
We need a source of future conservation lands as the population of Eastern Ontario grows. Fortunately, more and more families are donating their beloved summer and rural properties to the Conservation Foundation to be kept in a natural state in perpetuity. The Foundation assumes responsibility for managing the newly-acquired lands in terms of public safety and general ownership needs.
Steve Simmering Conservation Lands Endowment Fund
This is where the Steve Simmering Fund plays such a vital role…by providing an annual source of funds to take care of the properties as they become active public parks in our network of conservation lands. It is a crucial function that happens out of the public spotlight with little public fanfare.
The endowment helps pay for public safety features such as guardrails, mapping, basic signage, trail maintenance, fencing, monitoring (with field inspections and reports), perhaps a small parking lot for the safety of visitors.
Because it is an endowment, only the annual interest from the fund is taken for conservation work while the principal remains invested year after year producing a steady annual source of money. Our goal is to build the Steve Simmering Fund into the major Conservation Land Endowment fund in Eastern Ontario in order to provide the visiting public with the very best, most interesting and safest close-to-home wilderness areas around.
Here’s How it Works:
The Steve Simmering Fund is helping take care of conservation properties that have been donated to the Foundation including five family properties in Ottawa, three in Tay Valley Township, three in Rideau Lakes Township, and one each in South Frontenac, Central Frontenac and Merrickville-Wolford. 1,250 acres of healthy ecosystems are protected.
An investment in the Steve Simmering Fund really means an investment in the future health of your family and your community. Many studies show the direct benefit of a healthy, green environment on stress levels, mental attitude and physical health of individuals. Please consider a gift to the Steve Simmering Fund. All gifts receive a charitable tax receipt. Appropriate recognition of major gifts will be made.