Dance Nature Sanctuary
In May 2006, Mrs. Alice Sharpe donated her 100-acre property to KLT. “The protection of our land fits well with our personal values – we feel that the special features of our land need to be protected for generations to come”, says Mrs. Sharpe.
Situated between Young’s Point and Lakefield in the Township of Selwyn, the property is part of a provincially significant wetland, is home to a provincially threatened bird species as well as creeks, forests, old fields and other diverse habitats. Dance Nature Sanctuary also includes part of the Lakefield Crevasse Fillings, a significant Earth Science Area of Interest. The fillings are part of the Late Wisconsinan, North Bay Interstadial glacial deposit which also created the Dummer moraine, immediately to the south. Crevasse fillings are ridges or hummocks that were formed when glacial sediments were deposited in cracks and crevasses of the ice.
The property remains home to Mrs. Sharpe, who retains the right to live there for as long as they wish. We are currently caring for Dance Nature Sanctuary in partnership with the Sharpes and have been assisted with biological inventory and monitoring by members of the Peterborough Field Naturalists and the Natural Heritage Information Centre. In 2006, Trent University Conservation Biology Intern Jennifer Sylvester drafted a Management Plan for the property.
Eastern Syndicate Island, Stoney Lake
Norman Cowan has ensured ongoing conservation of the largest undeveloped island left in Stoney Lake by donating a conservation agreement on his property to KLT in 2005. Eastern Syndicate Island, located in the Boschink Narrows in Douro-Dummer Township, functions as an important stepping stone for wildlife moving between the lake’s granite north shore and its limestone south shore. Maintaining the 5 acre property in its natural state ensures habitat for rare dragonflies, herons, deer and other wildlife. It sustains scenic value for lake residents and visitors while maintaining ecological value, water quality and an undisturbed shoreline.
In 2009 Heather Elliott donated a 139-acre conservation easement agreement on Stoney Lake for one of the few remaining large, undeveloped parcels. With long natural shorelines that front on well known wetland areas – locally known as the Big and Little Duck Pond(s) – the property was identified in community planning processes as a vital area for long term conservation on Clear, Stoney and White Lakes.
The property is inthe transition zone between the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands and the Canadian Shield and forms part of an ecological corridor which includes the neighbouring natural areas of the Indian River wetland and Boshink narrows. Accordingly, the property contains considerable biodiversity within the mixed forest and is used as over-ice crossing points for mammals, birds and other species on the lake.
Long term conservation of the natural character of this property will greatly benefit the local and surrounding Stoney Lake region in terms of ecology and value for landowners and users, including enhanced scenic qualities and fish spawning habitats. Mrs. Elliott’s family has hosted nature walks for members of the Association of Stony Lake Cottagers and various nature research projects, such as those conducted by Trent University or Fleming College students.
Emily Creek Wetland
The Emily Creek property is 715 acres of provincially significant wetland and an area of natural and scientific interest (ANSI). It also includes a Field Center facility. With support from Ducks Unlimited Canada, KLT received this very significant property donation from former members of the Emily Creek Club in 2010. The donors have had a longstanding connection to the property and a history of outdoor experience as a hunt camp and family retreat since 1937. The property was often visited by local icon Leslie Frost, a friend of one of the families.
Located north of and between Lindsay and Peterborough in the City of Kawartha Lakes, this large wetland complex is within the transitional zone bordering the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Lowlands and the Canadian Shield eco-zones. Prior to 1937, the property was reportedly used as a fur farm. The Emily Creek Wetland is largely pristine and undeveloped, except for a small cabin and is located along the upper reaches of the watercourse, which empties into nearby Sturgeon Lake o the Trent-Severn Waterway. An open river meanders throughout the property which includes mixed bog, fen and swamp habitats.
The Howson property consists of 100 acres of protected woodlands, agricultural land and riparian creek habitat. Known as “Glen Burn”, it’s located in the rolling hills of Otonabee-South Monaghan Township, north of Rice Lake and East of the Village of Keene and comprises much of the Villiers Drumlin. The conservation easement agreement has been donated by Major Howson of Peterborough, who has owned the land for environmental protection for nearly forty years. The agreement with KLT will ensure protection of this land’s ecological character in perpetuity.
Glen Burn includes forest plantations established by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. A small stream flows between the eastern and western drumlins, with the headwaters rising on the neighbouring property just to the south, flowing through the land, and emptying into the nearby wetland to the northwest and eventually into the Indian River and Rice Lake. There are only a few structures on the property. These are the foundation ruins of a barn and the old site of a house, the latter was burned down intentionally to avoid vandalism in the early 1970s. A former wooden sugar shack was situated in the western deciduous forest but was also intentionally burned down several years ago. Several rock, cedar rail, and page-wire fences mark the boundaries of the property and internal fields. A small watering structure is located at a spring in the northern portion of the property.
KLT finalized a conservation easement in December 2011 on this incredible 250 acre property owned by Ralph McKim and Jean Garsonnin near Bethany in the City of Kawartha Lakes. It lies on the Oak Ridges Moraine, with the eastern portion found in the Core Area, and the western portion found in the Countryside Area of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan.
The property lies immediately adjacent to the north of Fleetwood Creek Conservation Area, which is approximately 900 acres in size and contains a kame moraine Earth Science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. The Fleetwood Creek Natural Area is owned by the Ontario Heritage Trust and is managed by the Kawartha Region Conservation Authority.
The McKim-Garsonnin property contains springs and coldwater streams at the headwaters of Fleetwood Creek, which flows north from the Moraine into Pigeon Creek and then into Pigeon Lake. It’s recognized as being part of a significant groundwater recharge area and as having high aquifer vulnerability under mapping for the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Plan and for the Trent Conservation Coalition Source Protection Region Assessment Report. KLT will monitor this land and work with the landowners toward continued rehabilitation of natural values and long-term stewardship.
Vincent Woods is 102 acres of managed forest and wetland in northern Peterborough County. Long cared for, the property was donated by Leslie and Sandra Vincent of Peterborough in 2010. We are thankful to The McLean Foundation for their generous financial support for the acquisition and endowment for future management of the property.
Vincent Woods contains excellent examples of deciduous forest, coniferous forest, and swamps. A creek drains from a beaver pond into nearby Salmon Lake, providing good access to the lake, which is one of the most pristine, ‘top of the system’ lakes in the Trent-Severn watershed. Sandy knolls and shoulders next to wetlands provide good habitat for Blanding’s Turtle and possibly Eastern Hog-nosed Snake. Other species on the property include Eastern Pipistrelle (a bat), Whip-poor-will, Common Nighthawk, Five-lined Skink, Cerulean Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler and Southern Flying Squirrel. Combined with the neighbouring crown land, the property provides a continous habitat for moose, bear and other large species. KLT has renewed the Managed Forest Plan on the property for the next 20 years and will be managing this land in accordance with its provisions.
This 80 acre property on North Shore of Stoney Lake was donated in full by the Wells and Ingleton Families in December 2011. This significant natural land is known to be one of the most important sites for first nations in the area, second to Quakenbush and Petroglyphs Provincial Park. Ingelton-Wells is an important connection in a system of lands protected by KLT over the past few years.
This property was donated in 2013 by Dr. J.B. and Ann Falls, one of the Founders of the Nature Conservancy of Canada and Professor Emeritus of University of Toronto Biology Department. As a result, the site is one of the most well documented in Canada, where expert naturalists and outdoor enthusiasts have been visiting, uncovering and documenting its flora and fauna for decades.
Trails wind through diverse natural vegetation communities and features including mixed hardwood uplands, terraces and cliffs, mixed conifer and hardwood forest and swamp areas. A small tributary to the nearby Crowe River bisects the property. The property is a diverse representation of the land between transition zone -including metamorphosed marble- and is nearby extensive Crown lands and Silent Lake Provincial Park.
The Falls’ donated the 187 acre property while retaining the exclusive right of use for as long as they wish. Kawartha Land Trust has worked with the Falls’ and their long-time friends and neighbours to put in place a Managed Forest Plan and Stewardship plan on the property. Kawartha Land Trust is now active in stewardship; inviting interested parties throughout the year, to maintain the diverse character of this special place.
(Conservation Easement Agreement)
The agreement was generously donated by Ronald Awde and Robert Ertel who have been keen stewards of the property for decades. Their interest has led them to map out important features on the property, plant trees and engage in a variety of stewardship activities upon the property its natural features and built heritage. They also share the property with friends and groups such as the Kawartha Field Naturalists who have conducted an inventory of the property.
The 204 acre property is part of a larger corridor of protected lands in the Bethany Hills nearby to other Kawartha Land Trust and partner protected areas, and is recognized in the official plan for the City of Kawartha Lakes as having “significant wildlife and woodland habitat.”
In addition to being annual supporters and volunteers with Kawartha Land Trust, Awde and Ertel assisted with costs to put the agreement in place and have pledged a generous bequest for long term management and monitoring of the property. The agreement will allow farming to continue on some of the property while ensuring that the ponds, woods, springs and the prominent hillside that is a backdrop to the nearby village of Bethany will forever be intact.
Kawartha Land Trust is working with landowners and potential purchasers on a number of other properties throughout the Kawartha Region. We are providing our expertise along with creative approaches to achieve win-win conservation arrangements.