Meet the Properties We Need Your Help to Protect
We’re trying to protect TWO new nature reserves in Norfolk county this spring – and we want you to get acquainted! Learn all about these beautiful properties and donate to help protect them if you can.
Hemlock Slough Forest
The first property is a pristine 65-acre parcel with a super canopy of five species of large old oaks interspersed with a rich series of wetlands or sloughs surrounded by hemlocks.
Hemlock sloughs in such good condition are a rare find in southern Ontario. These sloughs are permanent wetlands with a rich variety of southern shrubs and wetland plants. The property is within 2 km of the Lake Erie shoreline and a magnet for migrating and nesting birds in an area with reduced forest cover.
The current owner of this parcel is generously donating it to LPBLT to be protected in perpetuity as a lasting family legacy.
Sand Dune Ridge
The second property is a mature wetland forest that features a high sand dune through the middle. This dune is a part of a series of sand ridges parallel to Lake Erie that are the result of the retreat of glacial lakes that occurred around 12,000 years ago.
Unfortunately, they are threatened and the associated special habitats such as sand barrens are being lost throughout the Norfolk Sand Plain. The forest trees include tulip, bitternut and shagbark hickory, and some very tall mature white oaks. The endangered American chestnut, butternut and flowering dogwood still occur in upland habitats here.
Within the lowland swamp maple forest, there are seasonal (vernal) pools that are breeding sites for the Jefferson Salamanders as well as a complement of other amphibians. The current owners have restored parts of the dune with black oak, white pine, a diverse mix of prairie grasses, puccoon, and butterfly weed.