Simmons

Simmons

History

This property was donated to EBC in 2006.

Significant Features

The Simmons Nature Reserve has a mixture of forest types including mature hardwoods, cedar stand and trembling aspen stand as well as an old field meadow.

Location

Starting in Caledon at the intersection of Mono Road (12) and Airport Road (7), head north on Airport Road. Turn left (west) down Walker Road. Then turn right onto Putney Road and follow to the end. You may park here and walk into the Property by following the hydro line.

McKichan

McKichan

History

This is a 6.17-acre reserve acquired by EBC in 2011.

Significant Features

This property is located within the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere Reserve and is designated Escarpment Natural Area. It is within metres of Hockley Valley Provincial Park. This reserve is surrounded by significant natural areas such as the Caledon Meltwater Deposits, Canning Falls, and Glen Cross Swamp. Due to the unique habitat characteristics of this reserve many rare species might occur here!

Location

Start on Highway 10 near Orangeville, head north until you reach Hockley Road (ON-7). Head east on Hockley Road and continue as it deviates north. You will pass 1st Line East and the McKichan Reserve will be located on the north side of the road approximately 200 metres after 1st Line.

Mad River – Stephens Donation

Stephens - Ganaraska

 

History

The Stephens family has been working together with EBC to help protect the Mad River in Glencairn, Ontario. We began working with them in 2009 and since then have been building on an original 3 acres. We now completed the full 111-acre nature reserve along the Mad River, adjacent to the Glencairn Conservation Area.

Significant Features

The Stephen’s property is located in Glencairn adjacent to the Glencairn Conservation Area. The Stephens property is heavily treed with no recent harvesting and is dissected by the Mad River. The Mad River is fast running, shaded in places with some trees down providing shelter for fish. Species at risk present on this reserve include the Five-lined Skink, Whip-poor-will and Snapping Turtle. This reserve has a trail that starts at the Glencairn Conservation Area parking lot and follows the river east to Concession Road 3. With the help of the Stephens family, EBC is able to prevent gravel pits from expanding any further and encroaching on the Mad River ecosystem.

Location

The Stephens Reserve is located in Glencairn, Ontario adjacent to the Glencairn Conservation Area. Starting in Orangeville, head north on Highway 10. Continue on Hockley Road (Dufferin County Road 7). Take Airport Road (County Road 18) to Dufferin County Road 21. Head east on Dufferin County Road and continue onto Simcoe County Road 12. Head west onto Concession Road 3 and finally head west on Webster Road, Glencairn Conservation Area is on the north side of the road.

Farquharson

Farquharson

History

This is a 103-acre reserve we received in 2007.

Significant Features

The Farquharson Reserve is within the boundaries of the Niagara Escarpment Biosphere. As such it contains many of the unique features of the escarpment including tributaries of the Nottawasaga Watershed. Species such as the Eastern Meadowlark have been seen on this reserve. The Bruce Trail can be found just over a block west of this reserve. In this area, one can access the Pine River Valley Earth Science natural area and it is not far from the Noisy River Provincial Park.

Location

Starting in Orangeville, follow Highway 10 north to Primrose, just east of Shelburne. Follow signs for Highway 89 which will take you east. Turn north on Airport Road (County Road 18). Turn west onto Dufferin County Road 21. Turn north on 3rd Line and when it takes a sharp turn east, you may pull over on this corner before it deviates and head into the reserve. This is the southeast corner of the reserve.

Harvey Reserve

Harvey

History

This is a 46 acre nature reserve which we acquired in 2008.

Significant Features

This reserve is located in the Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve with Mud Creek flowing along the western side. The Eastern Whip-poor-will, a threatened species of bird has been seen on this reserve. You can access our Farquharson Reserve which is not far from this reserve.

Location

Starting in Orangeville, follow Highway 10 north to Primrose, just east of Shelburne. Follow signs for Highway 89 which will take you east. Turn north on Airport Road (County Road 18). Turn west onto Dufferin County Road 21. Turn north on 4th Line following it to the end. Continue east on Mulmur Nottawasaga Townline and when follow the road as it veers north. You may park at the end of this curve before the road heads back south. If you follow Mulmur Nottawasaga Townline west, then turn south on South Nottawasaga Concession 5 (3rd Line) following this road as it deviates east and then west, you may park at the corner where the road turns from west to south. This is the southeast corner of our Farquharson Reserve.