Category Archives: Properties

Articles about protected properties, new and existing.

Old Forest, New Focus

Trillium in Copeland Forest

The same scheduling challenge faces our ambassador team every year as we try to find cover for all of the fantastic fun days that Orillia has to offer, so this year we have made the decision to try and do things a bit differently.


The connection between Species at Risk and taxes

Courtney Baker

Something that Mark, our Executive Director always says to me is “Courtney, remember, even when you’re filing paper, or making phone calls what you are really doing is protecting land.”


A Tale of Two Forests and their Soil

Both types of forest serve a purpose, but the difference between a man-made plantation and a natural old-growth forest is vast. And it all starts with the dirt.


Notes from the Field – Spring 2018

Spring is always an exciting time for staff to get out in the field, and this year 112 citizen science volunteers get to join in the fun! We are stewarding Conservancy lands like never before.


Notes From The Field – Winter 2018

Read the Winter edition of Notes from the Field.


Notes From the Field – Fall 2017

Notes from volunteers and staff about our field observations, research, maintenance, and adventures stewarding Couchiching Conservancy properties.


Notes From The Field – Summer 2017

A look at volunteer and staff activities at some of the properties we help to protect and care for with your support! Check back often.


Non-hibernating Mode; Nature in Winter

Anyone who knows me knows I am not a huge fan of winter. In fact, that would be putting it mildly.
Given that humans have not evolved to hibernate through winter, I must figure out a way to make it through to springtime


All You Need is an Hour on the Alvar


It was October 1st, 2016, with one whole hour to spare before heading back to the campground just west of Carden, Ontario. I wondered where I should head out for a hike. Given the vastness of the near-by Carden Alvar landscape in terms of natural and recreational resources, I thought I would make a decision on-the-fly as to where to explore.


The ins and outs of Conservation Easements

2016 Deadman hardwood swamp_landscape

The Couchiching Conservancy land trust is involved with land protection in three ways: We own the land, we partner with other organizations (for example, Ontario Parks, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Heritage Trust) to acquire and manage the land, or we work with private landowners to protect their land using a conservation easement.