Thank you to everyone who donated in 2020/21 to support the protection of these two natural areas in the Dufferin Hi-Land section of the Bruce Trail.
Dufferin Hi-Land section (Bruce Trail Map 20); Honeywood, ON
82.8 acres | 455 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route
Picturesque and pastoral, this property’s open fields rise to the west where wide vistas can be enjoyed from the Trail. Preserving this property has ensured that the Bruce Trail remains on this route, off the nearby Prince of Wales Road, and that Escarpment species that rely on open meadow are protected.
Dufferin Hi-Land section (Bruce Trail Map 20); Kilgorie, ON
192 acres | 510 m of Bruce Trail Optimum Route
Important Habitats at Pine River
Wetlands: Wetlands, like the ones found on the Pine River Nature Reserve, represent a critical and disappearing landscape in southern Ontario. This nature reserve’s two distinct river valleys and large swamp feeds into the Terra Nova Provincially Significant Wetland Complex. This important environment provides habitat for bullfrogs, salamanders, snapping turtle and mink.
Forests: 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 'climax forest'. When protected from logging and development, climax forests contain trees that live to be hundreds of years old and offer essential habitat for a vibrant ecosystem.
Opportunities for Restoration
Several ecological restoration projects are slated to take place on the Pine River Nature Reserve to enhance biodiversity and restore this ecosystem to its natural splendor. These include:
- Removal & control of invasive species (including Phragmites and Periwinkle)
- Planting of native trees and shrubs to expand the forest canopy and understorey in previously disturbed areas
- Removal of old building and garbage
- Closing and monitoring of a network of off-road vehicle trails
- Installation of a wooden viewing platform at a naturalized pond to enhance wildlife viewing opportunities in an environmentally sustainable way