Tag Archives: Grant’s woods

Happy Spring! Unexpected Experiences in the Outdoors

Every walk, outing, hike or trip we take outside holds an element of the unknown. What wildlife will we see? How many different kinds of fungi can we count? What kind of birds will we see in the skies?

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Office Re-opening Celebration a Success

A re-cap of our office re-opening celebration.

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You’re Invited to the Official Office Re-opening!

Join us for the grand re-opening of the office! Take a tour of the improvements, take a walk in the woods and re-connect with the staff and Board of The Couchiching Conservancy.

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Find the magic in Grant’s Woods

Grant’s Woods is one of 44 properties that The Couchiching Conservancy helps to protect. It was donated by Bill Grant, who had the simple desire to protect the forest that he and his family loved.

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Renovation: Growing & ‘Greening’ for the Future

The office is currently under construction! Thanks to a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation and a legacy gift from Bill Grant, we are greening & growing the office. We’ll update this post to share updates and pictures of the renovations.

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Update on the Grant’s Woods office renovation

After many months of planning and anticipation, finally the renovations of the offices at Grant’s Woods are underway. The starting date was delayed awaiting the building permit which we had expected to receive in early June.

This renovation is made possible from a grant from Ontario Trillium Foundation and a legacy gift from Bill Grant.

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Five things you need to know about the renovation

Keep informed on the office renovation! Grant’s Woods is closed to the public as of May 19, 2015 and we will send a notice to our members and supporters through our e-newsletter once we are open again.

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Bill Grant gives a living gift that will endure

Bill Grant left Grant’s Woods, a 52 acre forest in Orillia, Ontario, to The Couchiching Conservancy in memory of his brother Jack. When Bill passed away some months ago, he left another legacy to the Conservancy.

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Grant’s Woods – a place of solace for over 100 years

The story of the Grant family dates back about 100 years. For years, the Grant family acted as stewards for the forest. Through their ownership of the property, there was little impact on the forest and as a result some of the trees are over 200 years old.

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Butternuts: Majesty In Jeapordy

As their name suggests, butternut trees produce a delicious and nutritious nut with high oil content. The nuts are an important source of food for birds and small mammals.

But butternut trees are in serious trouble; in fact the species is listed as endangered in Ontario by the Ministry of Natural resources. A species is classified as endangered if it lives in the wild in Ontario but is facing imminent extinction or extirpation

The reason for this decline is a fungal disease called butternut canker, which affects trees of all ages, all sizes, and on all sites. Sadly, there is no know cure for the canker, and no butternut trees have yet shown proven resistance to the disease. However, researchers in the USA have found trees that are vigorously surviving. Based on this experience, a group called the Ontario Butternut Recovery Team is working to locate trees in the province that may be resistant to the canker. These trees may be included in a long term resistance screening and breeding program.

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