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Opening & Dedication of the Ron Reid Nature Reserve

2018 Poster for RRNR Opening

You are invited to the opening and dedication of the Ron Reid Nature Reserve on Sunday, September 16, 2018 at 1pm!

Originally referred to as the Black River Wildlands, this 730 acre property with over 4km of Black River running through it is now protected in perpetuity. With support from hundreds of donors, including a major contribution by the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program (NACP), The Couchiching Conservancy was able to secure the property. The funds raised covered the price of the property, legal and appraisal costs, and a stewardship endowment fund that will ensure the organization can permanently care for the property.

The property is one of several private parcels inside the boundaries of Queen Elizabeth II Wildlands Provincial Park. The region provides habitat for several species listed by SARA (Species at Risk Act) including: Blanding’s turtle (Endangered), snapping turtle (Special Concern), eastern hog-nosed snake (Threatened). In addition it is home to Ontario’s only lizard, the five-lined skink (Endangered), and numerous at-risk bird species.

At the March 2018 Annual General Meeting, we shared the new name of this property – the Ron Reid Nature Reserve. Ron is one of the founders of The Couchiching Conservancy and has made countless contributions to the land trust movement in Ontario and beyond.


1:00pm meet and greet

1:30pm ceremony

2:00pm optional hike to the Black River

*if you will be doing the hike, please be prepared with sturdy footwear, long pants, bug net/spray and anything you need for a good time in the outdoors!

Let us know you will be coming by with a quick & easy RSVP through Eventbrite.

You can RSVP online for up to 10 people – no need to share each person’s name and contact information. We are just trying to get a sense of how many people will be attending. Otherwise, send Tanya Clark an email to RSVP, at tanya @ or 705-326-1620.

Carpooling is highly recommended! Some people will be meeting at Centennial Park in Washago at 12:15pm, and the Carden Recreation Centre at 12:15pm. Both drives will take approximately 40-45 minutes from those locations.

Directions from Washago:

Take Cooper’s Falls Road

Turn onto Black River Road, where the road curves and changes into Houssey Rapid Road (NOTE this turn is very easy to miss – it almost looks like you are going into someone’s gravel driveway. Watch for Conservancy signs)

Stay on Black River Road, past Chisholm Trail, Lewisham Road…keep going, keep going.

The meeting spot is approximately 8km from Chisholm Trail, on the right hand side of the road. Again, look for Conservancy signs.


Directions from Sebright:

Take Chisholm Trail/Kawartha Lakes County Rd 6/Sadowa Rd towards Black River Road (approximately 12.5km)

Turn right onto Black River Rd. Drive for approximately 8km and look for Conservancy signs for our meeting spot.