MapleCross Nature Reserve – King
King Township, Ontario

Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust – 2017
32 hectares/81 acres

Barn swallows, snapping turtles and other species at risk will now have their homes protected thanks to a new 32-hectare (81-acre) nature reserve purchased and protected by the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust.

The MapleCross Nature Reserve has been lovingly restored by the previous owner, who has planted and cared for over 10,000 trees to help naturalize fields and clean our air, while also reestablishing a wetland to help clean and protect our local ground water. With the help of volunteers, the land trust will continue restoration and naturalization efforts to further enhance and diversify the habitats of the nature reserve while eliminating any potential risk of development.

The nature reserve is a key linkage between the Happy Valley Forest, the largest intact block of deciduous forest on the Oak Ridges Moraine, and the Pottageville Swamp complex, both of which are significant environmental features for the community. Protecting this mix of forests, wetlands, cold-water creeks, fields and meadows is vital as a corridor for the local area in combating the impacts of climate change.

The protection of these lands were made possible by the generous support of MapleCross, the Government of Canada through the Natural Areas Conservation Program, Regional Municipality of York, ECHO Foundation, York Environmental Stewardship and private donors.

“We have witnessed first-hand the devastating effects of climate change across many countries but especially here in Canada. Consequently, we are delighted that, through our donation to the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust to purchase this spectacular, ecologically-sensitive property, the Trust was able to leverage support from both the Government of Canada and York Region. Together, we are committed to preserving the integrity of our land for our community and Canadians.” commented Drs. Jan Oudenes and Isobel Ralston (MapleCross).

“Together, we are creating permanent conservation solutions that protect wildlife habitat, connect natural corridors and meet the needs of people for a more resilient landscape, all of which are critical in times of climate change. We are thrilled that MapleCross has chosen our Land Trust for their first property protection project and are excited to plan future land projects with them.” said Susan Walmer, Executive Director of the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust.

Content and property pictures courtesy of: Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust at oakridgesmoraine.org

Video: MapleCross Celebration and AGM on May 25, 2019

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