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Long Point Basin Land Trust
Long Point Basin Land Trust celebrates its 10th Nature Reserve
Lead photo: Plaque presentation: Peter Carson (LPBLT President) on the left, Rick Sterne with Ontario Trillium Fund on the right
Main photo: Board members and guests: Back row Rick Sterne, Joe Stephenson, Adam Timpf, Chris Van Paassen, Stephen Kilbridge. Middle row: Bobbi Ann Brady, Diane Findley, Mary Gartshore, Audrey Heagy, Brooke Martin, Peter Carson, Laura Kucey.

Simcoe, ON (September 17, 2019) – On Monday, September 16, Long Point Basin Land Trust (LPBLT) welcomed members of the public to a ribbon-cutting ceremony to announce the newly protected Trout Creek Nature Reserve. A representative of local MPP Toby Barrett and OTF Grant Review Team member Rick Sterne were on hand to congratulate LPBLT and present a plaque commemorating the $150,000 Capital grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation that helped make this acquisition possible. Local dignitaries, including Norfolk County's Mayor Kristal Chopp and Ward 4 Councillor Chris Van Paassen, and Ecological Gifts Program Ontario Regional Coordinator Laura Kucey, were also present to share in this special occasion. Constituents were well represented.

"This is a wonderful initiative where community members can work together to help restore our treasured Carolinian habitat in this part of the world," said Toby Barrett, MPP for Haldimand-Norfolk. "I want to give special thanks to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for its generous support."

This 193-acre property features a diversity of habitats including deciduous forest with many native Carolinian tree species, a picturesque stream valley where Eastern Hemlock trees provide shade for the cold-water Trout Creek. Former pine plantations will be restored to their natural oak savanna habitats, which is the most endangered ecosystem in North America. These varied habitats are home to several plant and wildlife species that are at risk of becoming endangered and/or extinct. Trout Creek Nature Reserve is located within Canada's Carolinian region which is home to more species than most other parts of Canada.

"The Board of Long Point Basin Land Trust is thrilled to celebrate the acquisition of this particular nature reserve," said Peter Carson, President of Long Point Basin Land Trust. "We are honoured to establish and maintain the unique ecological features of this property. We are grateful to the family of Maurice and Jean Miller, who are pleased to know this property is now protected in perpetuity".

By purchasing this property from the family of Maurice and Jean Miller, owners of Miller Lumber, LPBLT is committed to protecting the special features of this natural area in perpetuity and also providing an opportunity for people to connect with nature. Long Point Basin Land Trust is proud to play a role in protecting the species that reside in this region.

This acquisition was made possible through generous support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Environment and Climate Change Canada, the Walter J. Blackburn Foundation and Echo Foundation, along with many individual donors.

About

Long Point Basin Land Trust, a charitable non-government organization, was founded in 1996 with a mission to protect and restore functioning ecosystems in the central Carolinian Region. This is accomplished through land ownership, land management and nature stewardship. LPBLT currently protects ten nature reserves, totaling 671 acres. The Land Trust's Explore the Outdoors program provide opportunities for people to connect with nature through hands-on outdoor experiences.

The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada's leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, 17 September 2019 10:11:54 AM EST

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