Devastation at local Nature Reserve leads to enhanced security
The Bruce Trail Conservancy is pleading to Dufferin County community members to keep vehicles and ATVs out of the Pine River Nature Reserve as devastation to property and escalating criminal behaviours have reached a critical point. This past weekend several trespassers entered the property and destroyed fencing, blockades and signage in addition to further damaging sensitive habitat. The OPP is currently investigating.
No vehicles of any type are permitted on the Pine River Nature Reserve. To ensure no additional damage comes to the Nature Reserve, security is now in place, and OPP has agreed to step up patrols in the area.
The Bruce Trail Conservancy continues to conserve and protect precious Niagara Escarpment land to give home to important habitat, and Pine River is no exception. Wetlands, like the ones found on the Pine River Nature Reserve represent a critical and disappearing landscape in southern Ontario. Mature Sugar Maples dominate the rolling terrain of Pine River Nature Reserve. Pockets of towering Eastern Hemlock, American Beech and White Cedar amidst the maples round out the forest. When protected from logging and development, forests contain trees that live to be hundreds of years old and offer essential habitat for a vibrant ecosystem.
Several ecological restoration projects are slated to take place on the Pine River Nature Reserve to enhance biodiversity and restore this 192 acre ecosystem to its natural splendor.
"Through generous donations from within this local community the BTC was able to purchase and permanently protect this ecologically important land. Local residents love this place and have also raised funds to help with its restoration. Local volunteers have donated hundreds of hours to this project and it’s sad to see a few individuals purposely undo this important work. We intend to press charges once the investigation is complete.” says Michael McDonald, CEO of the Bruce Trail Conservancy.
Bruce Trail Conservancy Contact:
Elizabeth Harrington, Director Communications and Engagement
Bruce Trail Conservancy
Bruce Trail Conservancy
Bruce Trail Conservancy is one of Ontario’s largest land trusts that acquires, protects and restores the vulnerable habitat and biodiversity of the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment Biosphere. For more than 50 years, we have responsibly connected people to nature through the Bruce Trail. We are a member-driven, volunteer-based, charitable organization, governed by a 19-member Board of Directors. Working with each of the nine Bruce Trail Clubs, we are committed to caring for the Bruce Trail and to preserving land along its route.