Category Archives: Properties

Articles about protected properties, new and existing.

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

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All You Need is an Hour on the Alvar

c-curran-alvar_woodland_prairiesmoke

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.

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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.

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Notes from the Field: Scout Valley

scout valley birdwatching

This summer drought has dried up may creeks around the region, and highlighted the importance of protected headwaters. Mill Creek originates in the wetland above Scout Valley and then winds it way through the forest and downhill to join up with Ben’s Ditch.

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Property Stewardship: The Long Walk In

Wolf Run Stewardship Walk Group

Follow along with Volunteer Property Team Leader, Tom Wilson, as he recalls the ‘long walk in’ at Wolf Run Alvar.

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New discoveries at Grant Wetland

Aerial Photo of Grant Wetland via 1960s labelled

Our water monitoring project is growing and moving into town this year. Every time we add a new site we learn so much we wish we had done it sooner. We console ourselves with the adage: The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.

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Notes from the Field: Spring 2016

Sustainability Tour of Roehl Wetland

Spring has arrived in our area, and we are busy planning garlic mustard pulling dates, coordinating volunteers, getting out in the community and more.

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So Grant’s Woods is closed…now what?

Elliott Woods

While Grant’s Woods is closed, we encourage everyone to explore some of the other properties we care for. For details and directions to all of these properties listed below, visit The Couchiching Conservancy’s website and click on Properties. From there you can click on the Property names on the map.

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How the Conservancy Manages Forests

Chainsaw

A great majority of the conservation lands that are managed by the Couchiching Conservancy contain woodlands. These forests may be magnificent hardwood stands, thick cedar swamps, or a wonderful mix of both conifer and hardwood; two properties even have those arrow-straight rows of planted pines. No matter what the composition, each forested area is closely monitored and managed by Conservancy staff.

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A team effort; The Fawcett and Agnew property team

Agnew team walk

Looking after the dozens of protected properties managed by the Conservancy is an arduous and time-consuming task. So the properties have volunteer teams who take on the job of monitoring them on a regular basis.

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