LSWC Friends

The LSWC brings together people and communities who respect and have a passion for protecting Lake Superior. We work with people, communities, organizations, and businesses who bring a variety of expertise and skills to achieve a healthy watershed. Our success wouldn’t be possible without the support of our partners and friends.

American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts is a U.S. charity created to facilitate the permanent protection of Canadian lands owned by conservation-minded Americans. Until very recently, Americans hoping to conserve properties they own in Canada were thwarted by tax barriers created by both U.S. and Canadian laws. Significant problems could arise if cross-border conservation gifts are not handled properly.


American Friends of Canadian Land Trusts (AF) is a U.S. based publically supported 501 (c) 3 charity which allows U.S. taxpayers to benefit from tax incentives aimed at protecting the environmentally significant land. The cross-border program created by American Friends has two key elements to it. First, the U.S. taxpayer receives a charitable receipt which allows them to receive a U.S. tax deduction for the charitable gift. Secondly, based on AFCLT’s status as a ‘prescribed donee’ under the Canadian Income Tax Act, the Canadian capital gains tax is eliminated. Thus, two major impediments to donations to environmental preservation are eliminated when donors work through American Friends.

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OLTA is committed to supporting Ontario land trusts to achieve their missions, through education and training, grants, and promotion of our collective impact. We invite you to learn more about our programs!

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(705) 946-0044

LSWC (Canada)

285 Wilson Street

Sault Ste. Marie,


P6B 2K6


c/o EUP Planning Commission

1118 E. Easterday Ave.
Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan



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