Mountain Lake Skinner’s Marsh – Miller Nature Reserve
Margaret Miller contacted us after hearing Bob Barnett and Gunter Springer on Bill Murdoch’s radio show. She realized that donating her land as a nature reserve would provide community benefits and support healthy land cover forever. As of November 2016, EBC is the proud new owner of this wonderful piece of nature! The property shares its southern boundary with three other conservation areas! This sums up to a total of 700 acres of protected land from Francis Lake to Mountain Lake.
The Miller Nature Reserve is in the Sauble River Watershed. This area is characterized by shallow, sheltered land promoting marsh development. Marshes account for a significant amount of the lower part of the Sauble River Watershed. Skinner’s Marsh, a provincially significant wetland, dominates the property and Hepworth Creek, a cold water creek, flows through the northern part of the land. The Nature Reserve falls within a “Significant Groundwater Recharge Area”. It is identified as a highly vulnerable aquifer. The protection of the Miller property will support a healthy watershed and contribute to actions put in place by the GSCA.
A big thank you to Margaret Miller for this wonderful addition to our protected areas! Thank you to all our donors, your support allows us to help life long stewards like Margaret protect their land in perpetuity.