Lake Huron Shoreline – Watts Donation
The shores of Lake Huron and the coastal wetland habitat associated with it is one of EBC’s focus areas. We have worked to conserve Great Lakes coastal habitat from Manitoulin Island south into Huron County. The first property we worked on at the southern extent of this range was in 2012. Dr. Watts contacted us to help him protect his 32-acre property in Goderich right on the shore of Lake Huron. This property is located between Point Farms Provincial Park and the point where the Maitland River meets Lake Huron. The property includes a beautiful log cabin and access to a large section of cobblestone beach.
We worked together with him to put together a Conservation Agreement, a document outlining what the owners of the land can and cannot do. The Conservation Agreement put restrictions on several uses of the land including: buildings, hunting, subdivision, commercial uses, and the planting and removal of vegetation. Such agreements are registered on title and apply to all future landowners. It is EBC’s responsibility to enforce the agreement in perpetuity.
In 2015, Dr. Watts decided that it would be in the best interest of the land, EBC and his family to donate the entire property to us now, instead of dealing with the transfer in the future.
We are proud to announce that the donation is complete! Significant features of this new nature reserve include coniferous and hardwood forests and a beautiful stretch of the Lake Huron shore. Plants found on the property include both yellow and showy lady’s-slipper orchids, Sand Cherry, and many common woodland plants such as wild strawberry, white trillium, wood lilies and several violet species. We look forward to working together with Dr. Watts and his family to protect this special place and we are happy to be the perpetual stewards of this piece of nature!