The Township of South Stormont and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority (RRCA) are pleased to announce that over 100 acres of wetland and forest, in the area known as Lakeview Marsh, are being donated by the Township to the RRCA.
“The Township of South Stormont recognizes the value of preserving natural spaces in the community” says Bryan McGillis, South Stormont Mayor and RRCA Chair. “By donating this land to the RRCA, the Township is ensuring this wetland and forest will be preserved and protected in perpetuity.”
The location, which is found north of Guindon Park, and currently features an abandoned railway, is already a popular birding spot and is home to many different species of plants and animals.
“We are honoured the Township selected the RRCA for their land donation. This site is important to the community and the RRCA. We look forward to engaging with the general public and neighbors about the site,” says Richard Pilon, RRCA’s General Manager.
In the coming months, both the Township and the RRCA will be engaging with neighbouring landowners and the general public to consider any potential future plans for the property, including giving the site an official name.
The RRCA acquires land to enhance local forest cover, conserve sensitive ecological habitat, and provide recreational opportunities to the public. It currently conserves, manages, and protects 1,644 acres of environmentally significant land within its watershed jurisdiction in Eastern Ontario.