Fall 2019 Newsletter

Fall 2019 Newsletter

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The smell of coffee in the morning. Mist slowly lifting above the water. Sunlight shining on the lake. Crackling flames dancing in a campfire. The call of a loon. Sunrise. Sunset. Children’s laughter. A million stars. The miracle of a glowing firefly.

 These are the treasures that I find at the lake. They offer wonder, appreciation, and peace. They are the simple pleasures that inspire me, and require me, to do what I can to preserve these moments for now and for generations to come. 

Citizen Scientists at Work!

Citizen Scientists at Work!

For a few years, my neighbour on the lake has been playing an active, yet quiet, role as a citizen scientist. He has been diligent in monitoring the water levels and has been pleased to see that they have remained fairly constant. Noticeable changes occur between the late fall and spring seasons as well as after we’ve had a good rain. 

A wooden board with precisely ruled measurements is attached to his dock and water levels can be instantly noted. Three years of readings have been recorded so far and saved for posterity.

Invasive and At-Risk Species

Invasive and At-Risk Species

You may have noticed in the past few years that more and more people are talking about invasive species and species-at-risk. What exactly are they and how can they impact you and Loughborough Lake? An invasive species is one that does not naturally occur in an area, and whose presence causes environmental, economic, and/or societal damage. With our ever growing global society, we are more connected than ever, but this also means that invasive species have many pathways to establish in our lakes, forests, and fields.

Walk the Fishing Creek Trail

Walk the Fishing Creek Trail

If you’ve never seen Fishing Lake, here’s your chance. Among the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) Loughborough Wilderness acquisitions is the Kerr Property, which lies between North Shore Road and the southern end of Fishing Lake. The most recent owner of the property constructed a road between North Shore Road and the lake, and this road has now become the Fishing Creek Trail. NCC organizes volunteer stewardship groups to monitor and help maintain its trails.

Johnston Point Update

Johnston Point Update

Despite reports to the contrary, the Johnston Point Plan of Condominium does not have final approval. 

Public misperception surrounding Johnston Point is understandable given the high volume of truck activity, the ongoing construction, blasting, tree cutting, and shoreline vegetation clearing that exists alongside the confusing messages from media and our local and provincial experts and authorities.

Loughborough Wilderness Update

Loughborough Wilderness Update

During the spring and summer of 2019 the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) added 378 acres to the Loughborough Wilderness Reserve, including the 300-acre Jack Allum property on Leland Road on the north side of the lake and the 78-acre Desrochers property along Ramparts Road. These additions bring the protected lands of the Loughborough Wilderness to 4,178 acres.