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.
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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