SOUTH STORMONT — Over 100 acres of wetland and forest within the Lakeview Marsh area has been donated by South Stormont Township to its local watershed authority.
South Stormont and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority announced the transfer of the parcel late last month.
“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.”
Located north of Guindon Park, the marsh is a popular birding spot and is home to many different species of plants and animals. The site also features an abandoned railway.
“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 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.