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About Us

In June of 2021, Land’escapes purchased the property from The Forest Land Group. These lands were used primarily for industrial logging operations. Although a key industry in Canada, industrial logging has some detrimental effects on the land. Some of these are visible still, and will be for a long time to come. The stumps, slash piles and dense second-growth forest species are all now a part of the forest.

Timber operations require heavy equipment and roads, which opened up access to natural areas on the property that were previously undisturbed. This brought big changes, unintentionally, damaging ones.

Wildlife sanctuaries’ became easy to reach by motorised vehicles. Hunter success rates were artificially inflated, largely due to these remote areas becoming accessible. Lakes that were protected by their seclusion could suddenly be reached by road and in some cases, roads were built right through sensitive wetlands.

It’s our goal to remediate as much of this changed landscape as we can, and forge a new more responsible relationship with the land.

We recognize and acknowledge that past use of the land didn’t intend to cause long-term harm and degradation. Managing forests through limited selective harvest methods and managing wildlife populations through hunting are conservation tools we intend to keep using.

Through silviculture-based forestry methods we manage habitat, invasive species and overall health of the forest stand. Game populations are managed through fair-chase sustainable harvesting methods. If we do our part with habitat restoration and management, game populations will require minimal management. Our current plan is to directly manage white-tailed deer populations through limited hunting opportunities to reduce the risk of “over-browsing” and disease. We are collecting and analyzing data on ALL species within The Park and will make decisions on how best to manage these species accordingly. For the vast majority of plants and animals within The Park, our current strategy is simply to observe and protect.

When you stay at Land’escapes, you are contributing directly to our conservation, restoration and protection efforts.

Our Team

Ben Samann

Owner and Founder

Mac Thorne

Stewardship Program Manager

Greg Waudby

Park Operations Manager

Morgan Whitehead

Coordinator
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Ben Samann

Owner and Founder
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Mac Thorne

Stewardship Program Manager
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Kevin Buss

Senior Ranger

Our Partners

We are proud to be partnered with some amazing organizations and businesses. We are grateful for their support and are excited to continue making a positive impact in the region together.

Blazing Star Environmental

Blazing Star Environmental is leading our land conservation and species management plans on the property.

We are currently working with Blazing Star to implement monitoring protocols and obtain baseline flora and fauna inventories to help work towards a conservation management plan for the property. We are also assessing restoration opportunities and creating restoration plans. Our work with Blazing Star will inform a more in depth understanding of the land, and our actionable responsibilities as its stewards.
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Haliburton Forest Wildlife Reserve

As our forestry experts, HFWR assists us with the ongoing sustainable forest management activities required for promoting the healthy ecosystems we envision for the property. They have also been running various salvage operations in response to the derecho storm of May 2022 which had significant and widespread damage across the property.
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Borealis Adventure Camp

As our first land partner, Borealis Adventure Camp provides opportunities for kids to connect with themselves, other kids, strong role models, and the outdoors, in an environment that prioritizes positivity and health.
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North Hastings Fish Hatchery

We have created a partnership with the North Hastings Fish Hatchery to help us stock the many lakes throughout our property. This groundbreaking partnership means an expansion of their capacity, and we will be able to stock 5000 20cm trout per year.

In conjunction with many experts, we will be developing a plan to manage the bass populations in advance of their release to give them the best chance to survive.
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Nova Craft Canoe

We are proud to have beautiful canadian made canoes from Nova Craft Canoe available to our park visitors.
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Wild Rock Outfitters

Our gear library is stocked with amazing, high quality gear from Wild Rock Outfitters , a locally owned one-stop shop for all things outdoors located in Peterborough, Ontario.
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Work with us

See below for our current opportunities. To apply for a position please email a cover letter and resume to info@landescapes.org

Current Positions

We currently do not have any open positions. 

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