Alderville Black Oak Savanna
Alderville First Nation boasts the largest remnant of Black Oak Savanna and Tallgrass Prairie in central Ontario. The Alderville Black Oak Savanna Restoration is a long term initiative of the Alderville First Nation. Since 1999 the initiative has focused on restoring and expanding 55 ha of tallgrass and savanna habitat and it is now recognized as the “jewel” of the Rice Lake Plains. The Alderville Nation has a deep connection to this treasured ecosystem and a commitment to sharing their knowledge with others.
Our program has three goals:
- preserve, restore and expand this rare habitat;
- educate and extend information to the public and local landowners; and
- provide a quality and diverse research site.
The Ganaraska Forest Centre is a multi-use facility, located in the heart of the 12,000-acre Ganaraska Forest. Featuring overnight accommodations for over 80 people, the facility boasts a large Great Hall, four break-out classrooms, a commercial kitchen and expert culinary staff to look after any group’s dietary needs. The certified teachers at the Ganaraska Forest Centre offer over 25 Ontario curriculum-linked outdoor educational opportunities to students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, through day-use programming, or 2, 3, 4 or 5-day residential stays. The facility is also available for private and corporate events and community and non-profit groups. Throughout the summer, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority’s Outdoor Education Instructors lead Nature Nut’s Summer Camp. Eight themed weeks of fun in the great outdoors!
Lone Pine Land Trust
Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary is a grass roots organization, where volunteers, sponsors and donors are able to join forces to do something of enduring value toward the preservation of land, water and diverse life in our area.
LPM began in 1991 with one woman’s drive to conserve a beautiful marsh. Murial Braham (now honorary president) purchased the original eighty-six acres on County Road 21 and Maplegrove Road in Northumberland, Ontario. We have since purchased (through fundraising, in 1995,) an additional forty-nine acres which buffers the marsh from the surrounding agriculture.
The vision has gradually expanded. We began to dream of protecting more lands and waters along the Cold Creek watershed. Cold Creek is considered one of the finest creeks remaining in eastern North America. The quality of the water and the diversity of life it supports are well worth trying to preserve.
Lower Trent Conservation
As one of the 36 Conservation Authorities in Ontario, Lower Trent Conservation (LTC) delivers conservation services to protect and manage our local environment on a watershed basis. We seek opportunities to establish partnerships with other agencies, watershed residents and community groups to complete restoration projects. LTC provides a variety of education and outreach programing, as well as technical support and funding for stewardship projects. We own two Natural Habitat Areas (Alderville Woods and Burnley Creek) and one Conservation Area (Goodrich-Loomis) within the Rice Lake Plains. For more information on these and other properties, and our services, please visit our website at www.ltc.on.ca.
Nature Conservancy Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is Canada’s leading national land conservation organization. We are a private, non-profit group that partners with corporate and individual landowners to achieve the direct protection of our most important natural treasures through property securement (donation, purchase, conservation agreement and the relinquishment of other legal interests in land) and long-term stewardship of our portfolio of properties.
Since 1962, NCC and our partners have helped to conserve more than 2 million acres (over 800,000 hectares) of ecologically significant land nationwide.
The Northumberland County Forest (NCF) is comprised of 5, 400 acres of land owned by Northumberland County, located on the Oak Ridges Moraine (ORM) and designated as Natural Core Area under the ORM Conservation Plan. The NCF supports countless plants and wildlife, including white tailed deer, black bears, coyotes, rabbits and turkey. Birds such as the red shouldered hawk, common raven, hermit thrush, white-winged crossbill and the black throated blue warbler may also be spotted by visitors. The County’s forest management program balances public use of the forest with protection of its natural environment.
Northumberland Land Trust
The Northumberland Land Trust (NLT) is a not-for profit ENGO. It was founded in 2003 by the Willow Beach Field Naturalists to preserve the natural, cultural and historical heritage of Northumberland County. They are currently protecting 481 acres of land on six properties, 160 acres of which are on the Oak Ridges Moraine. Their holdings span four Municipalities: five that they own in Port Hope, Hamilton and Alnwick-Haldimand, and the sixth is a 177 acre Conservation Easement in Cramahe. The Laurie Lawson Outdoor Education Centre north of Cobourg is used by the school board for the education of some 4,000 children annually. The landscapes include old growth forest, wetlands and the habitat of many species of flora and fauna across Northumberland County. They own one property within the Rice Lake Plains adjacent to Peter’s Woods Provincial Park.
Peter’s Woods Provincial Park is a 349 hectare nature reserve class park. It is the only provincial park within the Rice Lake Plains area of the Oak Ridges Moraine.
The original 33 hectares of park lands became a provincial park in 1976. These lands include a maple-beech forest that is one of the most mature deciduous woodlands in southern Ontario. The lands were acquired in partnership with the Willow Beach Field Naturalists, and the organization has continued to be an invaluable partner for over 40 years.
Lands acquired in partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) have since been added to the park, substantially increasing its size. These lands contain tallgrass prairie, globally rare black oak savanna, and oak woodland habitats. NCC and Ontario Parks are working together to restore the tallgrass prairie and black oak savanna habitats on these lands.
Click here for the Peter’s Woods Park Management Plan (2009), which includes information about the park and how it is protected and managed.
Tallgrass Ontario is an environmental not for profit dedicated to the identification, protection and restoration of Ontario’s threatened tallgrass prairies and savannas. We work with landowners, governments, non-profits and other groups to achieve that goal. Our services include data sharing, mapping, project coordination, consultations and public outreach. Tallgrass Ontario also does volunteer training, getting enthusiastic people educated in many tasks that are necessary for tallgrass restoration projects.
Willow Beach Field Naturalists
The Willow Beach Field Naturalists have been meeting as a club since 1953. The membership comes from the the communities of Port Hope and Cobourg and surrounding areas in Northumberland County, Ontario. WBFN is a community-based, charitable organization committed to the preservation of our natural heritage. The Club works through advocacy, education, volunteer assistance and donations to preserve flora, fauna and associated habitat. Willow Beach Field Naturalists is affiliated with Ontario Nature. Willow Beach Field Naturalists is a registered, charitable organization that makes use of donations and bequests to further the protection of local habitat as well as education and advocacy in the community. Receipts for tax purposes are issued.