A piece of heaven secured in time for Earth Day

The Bruce Trail Conservancy secures 281 acres of wilderness as donors give $1 million dollars to preserve Malcolm Bluff Shores.

Hamilton, April 21, 2011-
Malcolm Bluff Shores was set to be logged, divided up and privatized.  Developers were ready to capitalize on this breathtaking expense of wilderness.  Bulldozers had already been deployed to start removing trees near the shoreline, in readiness for development.  Fortunately for the people of Ontario, their plans were permanently halted when the Bruce Trail Conservancy negotiated agreements to purchase all 1,045 acres at Malcolm Bluff Shores over three years.  In March 2011, the Bruce Trail Conservancy's donors rallied and donated $1 million dollars to secure 281 acres of the magnificent Malcolm Bluff Shores property, to add to the 575 acres secured in partnership with Ontario Nature in 2010. Now 80 percent of this spectacular wild space is permanently protected and accessible for us all to enjoy.  The third and final portion of Malcolm Bluff Shores will be acquired in March 2012. 

Located just 20 km east of Wiarton, Ontario, Malcolm Bluff Shores contain magnificent expanses of cliff, forest, pristine lakeshore, productive wetlands, towering cliffs and majestic woods with 4 kilometres of Bruce Trail.  It is home to old growth trees (some more than 1,000 years old), as well as endangered, rare and edge-sensitive species.  Stunning scarlet tanagers and majestic peregrine falcons soar the skies of Malcolm Bluff Shores.  Moss-covered boulders provide a haven for sensitive hart's tongue fern, walking fern and other plant life, and a diverse array of animals, from Black Bears to Spring Peepers, find shelter in its forests.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) is one of Ontario's largest land trusts,
having secured 219 properties, totaling 8,137 acres of Niagara Escarpment land.   The BTC's land acquisition success has created new challenges and opportunities for this dynamic non-profit.  Bruce Trail volunteers, with the support of a small BTC staff, care for this preserved land.  The main Bruce Trail is 895 km long with over 400 km of side trails.  Each year the BTC spends from$1.5 to $2 million to acquire and steward Escarpment lands, and to keep the Bruce Trail safe and accessible for the people of Ontario.  Funds for land acquisition
and stewardship are generated primarily through donations.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally
responsible public access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.

For more information about the Bruce Trail and the Bruce Trail Conservancy, please call 1.800.665.HIKE or visit www.brucetrail.org. 



Visit the Malcolm Bluff Shores page to see how support has preserved this treasure on the Niagara Escarpment.