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.

Loughborough Lake is at the heart of the Frontenac Arch, one of the most important ecological connections in North America and one of the most biologically diverse places in Ontario. The Arch provides an important habitat connection for many species of wildlife. NCC is committed to protecting a collection of properties to ensure that this landscape continues to support migratory species in the future.  

NCC is now working to acquire almost three properties totaling 2,000 acres on Benson Lake, Buck Lake, and Mississagua Creek near Bedford Mills. These acquisitions will include approximately 1,000 acres of land being donated by three separate landowners. These three projects are set to close this fall and NCC is seeking to raise about $500,000 in remaining funding to complete the transactions. Gifts of money or of land to Nature Conservancy of Canada are considered a charitable donation and qualify for a tax deduction. If you are interested in supporting this work or would like more information on NCC’s work at Loughborough Lake you may contact Gary Bell at gary.bell@natureconservancy.ca or at (613) 862-3331.