A newly acquired 12 hectare (32 acre) parcel of land, attached to Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area in East Gwillimbury, is now protected thanks to the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) and the Town of East Gwillimbury.
“This land acquisition is a considerable win for both LSRCA and the Town,” says Brock Deputy Mayor Debbie Bath, Chair of LSRCA. “The property is environmentally significant, it’s home to both threatened and endangered bird species, and it offers considerable benefits locally, regionally, and within our watershed. I’m absolutely thrilled that we had the support of the Town of East Gwillimbury to make it happen.”
A new addition to the 68-hectare (168 acres) Rogers Reservoir Conservation Area, which contains a mix of forest, wetland, grassland habitat and more than 6 km of recreational trails, this parcel of land contains a portion of the East Holland River and valley system, historic agricultural lands and remnants of the first lock of the abandoned Newmarket Canal from the early 1900s. The land is also home to the threatened and endangered Bobolink and Eastern Meadow Lark bird species.
“The Town of East Gwillimbury is proud of our role in making this acquisition happen. As a direct funding partner, our Council and staff have again demonstrated our commitment to protecting our environment and providing opportunities for public use and enjoyment – two key ingredients for a healthy watershed and healthy communities,” said Mayor Virginia Hackson. “This will now provide strong future connections to the Lake to Lake and Nokiidaa trails to ensure our residents enjoy a well-connected trail system,” said Councillor Tara Roy-Di Clemente, East Gwillimbury Trails Committee council liaison and Community Parks and Recreation Chair.
LSRCA works with funding partners like the Town of East Gwillimbury, private landowners and other municipal, provincial and federal partners to improve the environmental health of the watershed and Lake Simcoe through its ‘Land Securement’ program. Through the purchase and donation of ecologically sensitive land, LSRCA now owns and/or manages 2130 hectares (5263 acres) of property throughout the Lake Simcoe watershed.
By donating land, you can help assure its future protection and have a direct impact on the health of your local environment. For information about LSRCA’s land acquisition program, contact Land Securement Officer, Kevin Kennedy, directly at 905-895-1281 ext. 317.
Courtesy of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority.