Five new nature reserves secured in Ontario

The Bruce Trail Conservancy has recently secured nearly 300 additional acres of Niagara Escarpment, which includes five new protected nature reserves.

The Conservancy announced its goal to secure the land in November 2012, and in less than three months, donors were able to raise the $1.3 million needed to protect Songbird Nature Reserve, Cedar Springs Woods, Fairmount Wetland, Kimberley Springs, and Pinnacle Rock. Each reserve brings its own unique set of variables that demonstrate the diversity of the Escarpment, containing everything from migratory bird havens to open woodland, cascading springs, and prehistoric wonders.

According to the Conservancy, “Raising $1.3 million dollars without any government support is an amazing accomplishment for a land trust. It is a testament to the value and importance people place on securing the Niagara Escarpment’s natural spaces and ensuring a permanent place for the Bruce Trail.”

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization that works to promote environmentally responsible public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment, which is classified as a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. Designated for its unique ecological characteristics, it is one of only 16 reserves in Canada.

For more about the newly secured nature reserves, go to The Bruce Trail Conservancy’s website.