Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Nov. 16, 2021 -- The Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority just added another 137 acres of ecologically sensitive land to its holdings.

The ecologically sensitive area will be protected in perpetuity. The land transfer was finalized late last week and is a mix of wetland and floodplain in the Beaver River Wetland Conservation Area in the Township of Brock.

Brian Kemp, General Manager of Conservation Lands, said: “The addition of this ecologically sensitive land to our holdings is a huge win for the watershed. Wetlands are highly valued carbon sinks, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change. They also help protect against flooding in nearby areas”.

Kemp also said that “by coming into conservation authority stewardship, the lands will remain unspoiled, providing important habitat for the hundreds of species of creatures that call it home, including several species at risk like the Least bittern, Snapping turtle, Canada warbler and Midland painted turtle”.

Do you have property in the Lake Simcoe watershed that you’d like to restore to its natural state? The conservation authority would love to hear from you. They have funding and technical expertise available.

Or, do you have property you’d like to donate? Every piece of nature saved or restored is a victory for the watershed and ultimately the planet. Send your enquiries to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

QUICK FACTS:

  • This purchase was made possible with the support of Durham Region and the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation.
  • The conservation authority protects almost 6,000 acres of land in the Lake Simcoe watershed.
  • The Beaver River Conservation Area is the conservation authority’s largest and most environmentally significant land holding.
  • The addition of 137 acres in the Beaver River Conservation area increases the area by 12% to over 1,300 acres.

It is the mission of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority to work with our community to protect and restore the Lake Simcoe watershed by leading research, policy and action.

Photo credit for the Midland painted turtle: Hector Abreu Vargas

Photo credit for the Beaver River Acquisition map: LSRCA

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