Natural Habitat Areas
In addition to Conservation Areas, Lower Trent Conservation owns and manages Natural Habitat areas. These areas are not promoted as recreational use areas. They are generally large tracts of land that remain in their natural state. There are no maintained trails or facilities but they are open to the public.
46.82 ha (115.7ac)
In partnership with the Nature Conservancy of Canada, 115 acres was secured on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The property is located in a significant natural area known as the Alderville Woods and includes numerous springs and small wetlands, forming part of the headwaters for Percy Creek. The property is 90 per cent forested with mixed hardwood forest and some lowland white cedar/hemlock forest.
Location: Approximately five kilometres south of Roseneath in the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand.
Barnum House Creek
19.02 ha (47ac)
Barnum House Creek Natural Habitat Area was deeded to Lower Trent Conservation in 1978 from the Ministry of Natural Resources. The property includes a combination of dense woodland and mixed scrubland and is traversed by Barnum House Creek, a cold water stream flowing into Lake Ontario.
Location: East of Grafton on Barnum House Road in the Township of Alnwick/Haldimand
43.3 ha (107ac)
The Burnley Creek Natural Habitat Area was donated to Lower Trent Conservation in 2006. The property enhances the existing network of protected properties at the eastern edge of the Oak Ridges Moraine: Lower Trent Conservation’s Alderville Woods Natural Habitat Area, two Nature Conservancy of Canada properties, Peter’s Wood Nature Reserve, and nearby segments of the Northumberland County Forest. The property consists of both wetlands and upland forest communities.
Location: Off Hwy 29 just south of Burnley in Alnwick/Haldimand Tonwship.
Burnley Creek Natural Habitat Area Management Plan
This property was originally purchased from the Crown by Samuel Douglas in 1896 and remained in the family for close to 100 years. The property was purchased in 2002 by Lower Trent Conservation in conjunction with the municipalities of Centre Hastings and Stirling-Rawdon to protect a significant source area for Rawdon Creek. The 17 acre property contains a large spring, providing a major source of water for the east branch of Rawdon Creek. The concern for both the quality and quantity of the water supply within Rawdon Creek is shared by the two municipalities through which the creek flows.
Directions: 2.5 kilometres east of Ivanhoe on Slab Street within the Municipality of Centre Hastings
311.61 ha (770ac)
This area was purchased in three parcel in the early to mid 1970’s. Most of the area is marshland, with a drumlin on the western edge of the property and some rolling till plains. Keating-Hoards forms part of the Murray Marsh.
Location: Located on, and adjacent to, Wilson Island in the municipalities of Trent Hills and Quinte West (west of Glen Ross)
667.7 ha (1650ac)
Murray Marsh is one of the largest remaining wetlands in southeastern Ontario. It is situated in the heart of the Lower Trent Conservation watershed region and is affectionately dubbed the ‘Amazon of the Trent River valley’. Encompassing approximately 3,760 hectares (~ 10,000 acres), Murray Marsh is classified as a provincially significant wetland and is of regional significance for wildlife. This wetland is the only major flood water storage area for the Trent River south of Campbellford. It also serves as a giant filtration system for nutrients, improving the water quality in the Trent River. Almost 50 per cent of Murray Marsh is protected with the combined ownership of approximately 4,800 acres between Lower Trent Conservation and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
Location: South of Campbellford on Goodfellow Road within municipalities of Brighton and Quinte West
Murray Marsh Natural Habitat Area Management Plan
NOTE: Please be advised that the sale of hunting permits for the Murray Marsh Natural Habitat Area is currently delayed until further notice due to COVID-19.
7.7 ha (19ac)
This area is heavily wooded with a centrally located swamp and intermittent stream. It was purchased in 1977 to allow for storm and flood water runoff for surrounding urban areas.
Location: Located within the City of Quinte West (Trenton) adjacent to Hannah Park