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Help Create a New Nature Reserve Near Balsam Lake

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We have a time sensitive opportunity to permanently protect an environmentally significant 660 acre property close to Balsam Lake.

Recently, KLT announced the protection of two new properties: Schipper and Darling, and we have many others in discussion such as the Cation Property.

The Cation property is located between Balsam Lake and Queen Elizabeth II Provincial Park in a significant conservation corridor. It includes outstanding geological features: limestone escarpment, forested areas, provincially significant wetland and open grasslands that are habitat for rare and endangered species.

It is reported that logging occurred on this land in the 1800s.  Following, the property was used as a farm and subsequently an outfitter purchased and used the land training dogs for hunting.

By protecting this property we will be able to help enhance the forest, conserve the wetlands that flow directly into Balsam Lake, and ensure the species that live here will have a secure habitat for years to come.

Cation Property


Land owners David and Sharon Cation want to donate this property to the Kawartha Land Trust.

When David’s mother died in 1998, he and his brother didn’t know exactly what to do with her small estate.  What they eventually decided to do was to purchase a property and protect it.

“We decided to buy land for future generations which is what our parents had done all their lives. Buying the French Settlement Road property to give to future generations is merely keeping her legacy alive. We wish she could be here to participate.”
David & Sharon Cation

As with all properties, before KLT can accept the gift, we need to raise a stewardship endowment fund to ensure the property can be cared for in perpetuity, and the required securement related expenses. Total funds to be raised approximately $200,000. Volunteers will also be needed to help make this project possible.

You may have read one of our news articles in the fall about ‘Stewardship Projects on Private Lands’, the Cation Property was one of those projects. Read the full story: Take Down the Fence

Come see for yourself what makes this property a special place worth protecting!

Join us for a volunteer work party, walk and talk tour,
or explore the property independently:

Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Guided walks departing at 10:30 a.m.

You can Make a donation today to help protect the Cation Property and more important places in the Kawarthas!

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