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Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority Receives Gift

Regional | by Kevin Bernard  

The Woods family of Waterdown has donated 210 acres of forested wetland to the SVCA.

Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority has been given 210 acres or 85 hectares of land.

Diane Woods of Waterdown, Ontario donated the land in Culross Township, in South Bruce.

Woods says her family has had the privilege of owning the property for nearly 30 years, and it was a great learning place for their five grandsons.

Wayne Brohman, General Manager at the Saugeen Valley Conservation Authority, notes the significance of the donation.

"210 acres is very significant because it's a wetland; it's a forested wetland and it's got a lot of natural significance so it's definitely worth protecting," says Brohman.

The property is at the south end of the Greenock Swamp Complex, a provincially significant Class 1 Wetland.

In addition, both the Kinlough Creek and Teeswater River flow through the property making it truly unique in terms of natural diversity.

Brohman adds most of the land is also provincially significant, designated as an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest.

Over the next few months, Saugeen Conservation will be conducting an inventory of the property to become more familiar with its features and species composition.

Over 8,000 acres or 3,000 hectares are currently owned by the SVCA.

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