The Adams Nature Reserve
In 1973 Heather and Alec Adams bought a piece of paradise on Coopers Falls Road.
Just south of the Kashe Barrens, the 100-acre parcel was well-suited for the hiking, snow shoeing and skiing they loved.
They were charmed by the Canadian Shield, the interconnected beaver ponds and the towering white pines.
“While living in Toronto, we felt we needed to experience more of the peace and beauty of nature,” Heather and Alec wrote. “We chanced on the Coopers Falls Road property when we stopped to ask for directions to another property. It wasn’t listed for sale but the elderly owner just happened to be thinking of moving. Since we retired to Orillia in 2006, and are now as old as the “elderly” previous owner, we no longer feel quite the same need to escape to the cottage – or to do the maintenance.”
It turns out the couple had a good eye for conservation. In the years that followed their purchase, two major tracts in the area were officially preserved – to the north the Kashe Lake Barrens Conservation Reserve and to the east, the massive Queen Elizabeth II Provincial Park.
For more than 40 years, Alec and Heather have cared for the land and kept it from harm, rejecting offers from loggers, maintaining paths through the woods, and enjoying the modest cabin year round.
When it came time to think about passing along what had become for them a sacred trust, they turned to the Conservancy. In December a deal was concluded to transfer title, bringing the property under permanent protection.
“We still love the Shield, the trees and the wildlife and want to see those wonderful white pines protected,” the couple noted. “It is with confidence that we entrust our legacy to the Conservancy.”
~~~~~~~~~~~ 2015 ~~~~~~~~~~~
This property was designated Conservation Land in the spring of 2015, thanks to the foresight and thoughtfulness of owner Sue Deadman. The 100-acre parcel, situated in Severn Township, contains wonderful examples of Canadian Shield rock land, red oak and sugar maple forests, black ash wetlands, and former agricultural fields; a total of ten different vegetation communities are represented.
The Deadman property lies between the nearby Matchedash Bay Provincially Significant Wetland and the Purbrook Swamp Provincially Significant Wetland, connected in part by Bear Creek. There are seven species at risk that have been documented as living here, including bobolink, Eastern meadowlark, whip-poor-will and barn swallow. Mammals which require large areas of range land, such moose, black bear and white-tailed deer, have been noted on this property.
This easement is on private land, and as such cannot be accessed by the general public. However, local naturalists’ clubs have been invited to visit as part of their field trip program.
Located in Eldon Township (now part of the City of Kawartha Lakes) this 400-acre ranch, owned by Philip and Linda Ling, was designated as Conservation Land in December, 2015. Unique, not only because of its size, the property contains 17 vegetation communities, and nine species at risk (including whip-poor-will, western chorus frog, and Blanding’s turtle).
Two headwaters start on or beside this property, both eventually feeding the Talbot River Watershed, which is a part of the overall Lake Simcoe watershed. A large pond (albeit man-made, years ago) in the south portion of the property is home to wood ducks, green heron, kingfisher, mink and otter. A large portion of the property contains alvar pasture lands, the remainder being conifer wetlands and sections of hardwood forest.
This easement is on private lands, and as such cannot be accessed by the general public.
~~~~~~~~~~~ 2014 ~~~~~~~~~~~
This 414-acre ranch was, for several years, a privately-owned property with a conservation easement administered by the Couchiching Conservancy. In late 2015 title was transferred to the Conservancy by the generous donation of Neil and Carolyn Turnbull. This ranch has several unique characteristics, ranging from being a large alvar grassland and cattle ranch, to being the release site of pen-reared Eastern loggerhead shrikes.
The majority of plant and bird species found here are closely associated with globally rare alvar habitat. Prairie smoke, Indian cup, hairy beardtongue and tufted hairgrass are home to bobolink, Eastern meadowlark, whip-poor-will, and upland sandpiper. A small patch of the nationally rare Cooper’s milkvetch also grows here.
This property is pictured above.