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Landowner Leader Profiles

A Home for Diverse Nature in Norfolk County

The Mitchell Property - Landowner Leader Profile
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 8:00pm
The Landowner Leaders program helped put into place a long hedgerow of native trees and shrubs and a hibernaculum, guaranteeing excellent diversity for a wide range of wildlife. The Giant Swallowtails loved using the newly planted Hoptrees!

A Green Haven for Kids with Physical Disabilities

Easter Seals’ Woodeden Camp - Landowner Leader profile
Sunday, April 28, 2019 - 8:00pm
Every year the Easter Seals Ontario’s Woodeden Camp welcomes children with physical disabilities to experience a natural setting. In 2017, Site Manager Howard Botten contacted CCC about rehabilitating the 40-acre White Pine plantation into a Carolinian woodland.

Conservation at Hickory Creek

A legacy project and commitment for the protection of a Carolinian Forest - Petryschuk Landowner Leader Profile
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 - 7:00pm
40-acres on the banks of Hickory Creek and four decades of commitment to habitat stewardship.

Thicket Habitat for Yellow Breasted Chat

Rebecca and Rick Fish's Landowner Leader profile
Monday, February 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
When Rebecca and Rick Fish, had looked high and low for a wooded property but hadn’t managed to find one, so they set out to naturalize various areas of their property on the banks of the East Sydenham River over time.

A Wildlife Oasis of their Own

Denise and Wayne Shephard's Landowner Leader Profile
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 8:00pm
Denise and Wayne Shephard purchased a rural property near Wilkesport in 1990 so that they could easily reach their very own wildlife oasis

Reforesting the Thames River Floodplain

Carol and Jim Harrison Landowner Leader Profile
Tuesday, August 7, 2018 - 8:00pm
When the Harrisons joined the Landowner Leaders Program, their property included 56 acres of woodland and 15 acres of cropland, but areas devoid of vegetation were allowing water to enter the river unfiltered.

The Casiers

Ron Casier joined the Landowner Leaders program in February 2015. However, his efforts to practice good land stewardship on his 50-acre property near St. Thomas in Elgin County started many years ago. In his now 20-acre woodland, Ron provides habitat for woodpeckers by simply leaving a variety of dead standing trees (snags) and trees in declining health as is. He leaves all of the dead ash, beech and hickory trees to allow the woodpecker population to feed on the insects affecting these tree species.

The Eaglesons - Mulberry Meadows

My wife Marilyn and I were both raised on farms in southern Huron County. After lengthy teaching careers in Kent County, we decided to re-establish our rural roots and in 2006 purchased a 58-acre property in Dawn Euphemia Township, near Florence in southern Lambton County. It was named “Mulberry Meadows”! The property has 40 acres of fairly young Carolinian woodlands straddling Fansher Creek, near the junction with the Sydenham River.

David Ainslie

From starting to farm in the early 80's and recognizing that I could not farm in Essex County without biology alongside, I began the yearly addition of landscape features (i.e. protection of forest, tree lines to hedgerows, wetlands, pollinator park, prairie grasslands, hibernacula, no-till farming, cover crops, the identification of existing species at risk, etc.)

The Wards: Wardcrest Farms

Robert and Eleanor Ward have been farming since the 1950's and have been organic farmers since the 1970's. Their property has 72 acres devoted to raising their organic grass fed cattle and the remaining acreage is comprised of Carolinian Forest and wetlands. The 84 acre property is located south of St. Thomas near Union.


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