Kawartha Land Trust celebrates major land donation
On the evening of Thursday, October 24, Kawartha Land Trust (KLT) took time out to acknowledge their incredible network of supporters kicking off their “Thanks.Giving” annual giving campaign at the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Guests consisting of 100 KLT land donors, financial contributors and community volunteers enjoyed an array of tasty refreshments mixed with exciting conversation.
Key speakers detailed the budding partnership with Trent University, along with other recent developments, and new projects on the horizon.
The unveiling of a major land donation, the Falls Property, was a particular highlight.
Stretching across 178 acres of land just northeast of Apsley – and encompassing diverse wildlife and habitats of forest, cliffs, wetlands, and creeks – the property is by far the best ecologically documented and understood site in the Kawartha region to date.
Dr. J. Bruce Falls, an honorary Doctor of Science, and his wife Ann donated the family property.
“The land is very special to Ann and myself”, says Dr. Falls.
“We chose this property over 40 years ago because of its obvious variety. A swamp, permanent stream, cliffs and ridges clothed in hardwood forests promised a diversity of plants and animals. Since then we have enjoyed collecting plants – over 400 species including more than 30 ferns, censusing birds, and with the help of knowledgeable friends, documenting many other forms of life. This has revealed a mixture of northern and southern species that characterizes ‘The Land Between’. Ann and I believe the Kawartha Land Trust will protect this land so that others can enjoy and study its diverse features for years to come,” he added.
Dr. Falls taught ecology at the University of Toronto for many years, and was deeply involved in a number of prominent conservation initiatives across the province through his role as president of the Federation of Ontario Naturalists and co-founder of the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 1962.
While a moment for celebration, it was also a time for tearful reflection.
Bob Browne, a former KLT vice-chair and longstanding steward of the land, passed away from illness only days before the event.
“Bob was a great friend and asset to our organization since joining the Board in fall, 2010. He was one of the proponents of the re-branding process that resulted in our new image and I know he was pleased with being a part of this process,”said Executive Director Mike Hendren.
Before his passing, Bob urged that people carry forth his stewardship legacy and contribute to the organization in his memory.
“Thanks.Giving.” was generously sponsored by the Peterborough Community Credit Union and Blackhoney.
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