Mother Tree Initiative

Mother Tree
Initiative

Supporting land stewardship and conservation through Mother Tree Sponsorship

Mother Trees in the Wabanaki-Acadian forest are impactful in their age and stature. They hold ecological significance as seed and nursery providers for new generations of their species.

Thanks to our donors and funding partners, INT has been able to acquire and protect over 8,500 acres of ecologically important land on Prince Edward Island. Stewarding land responsibly in the context of protection forever is a significant undertaking. It lies at the heart of Island Nature Trust’s mandate for land conservation. With over 8,500 acres of land in 66 natural areas across PEI, we cannot work to retain and restore ecological integrity on these lands without significant support from Islanders.

Sponsor a Mother Tree

Mother Trees will be located in natural areas where our Stewardship team has
identified them as key caregivers in their specific ecosystems.

Sponsorship pledges will go towards our annual stewardship goals and are for a
period of 3 years.

Starting at $2,500.00 annually, our Mother Tree Initiative will directly impact the
health of our forest ecosystems; a benefit to all Islanders.

Tier 1

Tier 1 Mother Trees will be located within INT natural areas with no public or private footpath systems.

Tier 2

Tier 2 Mother Trees will be located within INT natural areas that have a private footpath system.

Tier 3

Tier 3 Mother Trees will be located within INT natural areas with a publicly accessible footpath system.

Learn More About:
Mother Trees

Mother Trees in the Wabanaki-Acadian forest are elder trees highly regarded for their important seed-producing abilities. Elder trees provide an anchor for the diverse structure of the many-sized trees in their communities. These elders are important not only as habitat for the variety of flora and fauna living in the forest, but also for the longevity of the forest itself, along with the people who depend on the woods for their culture and livelihood.

Tier 1

For an annual gift of $2,500.00 each year for three years, you will receive:
  • A feature in the quarterly INT Magazine and a mention in the annual Impact Report.
  • A framed photo of your Mother Tree to display.
  • Recognition on our social media channels.

Tier 1 Mother Trees will be located within INT natural areas with no public or private footpath systems.

Tier 2

For your annual gift of $5,000.00 each year for three years, you will receive:
  • A feature in the quarterly INT Magazine and a mention in the annual report.
  • On-site signage recognizing your contribution and commitment to land conservation and management.
  • Invitation to all major donor events.

Tier 2 Mother Trees will be located within INT natural areas that have a private footpath system.

Tier 3

For your annual gift of $7,500.00 a year for three years, you will receive:
  • Same benefits as Tier 1 + 2.
  • A media release to recognize your contribution.
  • A guided tour of the site where your tree is located, and information on the ecological significance of the Mother Tree.

Tier 3 Mother Trees will be located within INT natural areas with a publicly accessible footpath system.

Species of Mother Trees in our natural areas

This coniferous tree is one of the longest-lived tree species in our native Wabanaki-Acadian forest, living up to 300 to 500 years and providing important habitat for wildlife.

Eastern Hemlock

Red Oak

Red Maple

White Ash

White Pine

Eastern White Cedar

Yellow Birch

Sugar Maple

Forested landscapes are the most vulnerable to loss in Prince Edward Island,
according to the federal and provincial governments. In PEI, just 4.9% of our lands
are protected. In addition, 87% of our land is privately owned, so protecting forests
and returning them to a more diverse, resilient ecosystem is challenging.

With over 8,500 acres in INT’s care, we continue to search for resources and diverse
knowledge to lead by example in forest stewardship. Priority actions include
sustainable silviculture work needed in many of our impacted forest lands and
instating early detection protocols for invasive forest plants and insects.

FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Will I receive a charitable tax receipt when I sponsor a Mother Tree?

A: Individuals will receive a charitable tax receipt for their annual sponsorship. Corporations will receive a receipt for their annual payment (not a charitable tax receipt), which can then be claimed as a business expense.

Q: How long is my sponsorship commitment?

A: Each sponsorship is for a three-year term with three equal annual payments (Tier 1: $2,500 x 3 years = $7,500; Tier 2: $5,000 x 3 years = $15,000; Tier 3: $7,500 x 3 = $22,500).

Q: What if I want to sponsor the mother tree for more than three years?

A: As a sponsor, INT will provide you with the first right of refusal to sponsor the same mother tree following the completion of your three-year commitment.

Q: Am I able to sponsor a tree in a natural area that I don’t see listed?

A: At this time our conservation team has identified trees in the sites listed exclusively.