Donations sought to ensure 200-year-old Duoro-area farm is preserved for future generations
The Kawartha Land Trust is seeking donations in support of its most recent project; protecting the Kidd Farm.
The Kidd property contains significant natural values and is slated to be protected this year. Donations to the organization will help make it a reality.
“With your support we can complete conservation projects this year before the busy summer season. Each project costs around $10,000 to get ready, with additional funds required for the stewardship endowment fund and any partial purchase. You can ensure more land is kept natural in the Kawarthas through your donations,” states executive director John Kintare noting ongoing donations are crucial as it allows the group to pursue more than one conservation project at a time and “be ready to protect the land as soon as an opportunity arises.”
The 195-acre property was a working farm for nearly 200 years. The property has approximately 70 acres of natural habitat and 120 acres of agricultural fields. The Trust is working to ensure the property will be protected through a conservation easement agreement (CEA) with landowners Bruce and Georgia Kidd.
The property falls within the Kawarthas Naturally Connected Preferred Scenario. The Preferred Scenario is a tool using the best available conservation science. It assists with identifying ecologically significant land in our natural landscape.
A CEA on this working land will protect the quintessential Douro-Dummer farm country. The property is a mixture of mature forest and picturesque Drumlin hayfields. The hedgerows provide connectivity between woodlots where grassland birds nest. This property also provides natural cover. It connects the surrounding natural land to the vast treed swamps of the Indian River valley.
This treed swamp and surrounding land are full of birdlife. Species present include yellow-bellied sapsucker, pileated woodpecker and the threatened Eastern wood peewee.
For more information and how to support projects, visit www.kawarthalandtrust.org.