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CONSERVATION

Our Approach

Purchased in 2021, Land’escapes now owns and manages ~40,000 acres in Hastings County. The property was previously used for industrial timber production and is now being restored for conservation and low-impact recreation.

While the property is filled with stunning landscapes, it’s also important to recognize the scars as well. Some areas will take many years to recover from the industrial logging that took place on the land.

These degraded areas help to remind us how crucial our work is to restore and continue protecting this land. The revenue from every camping trip and membership gets reinvested into our conservation projects.

Purchased in 2021, Land’escapes now owns and operates ~40,000 acres in the County of Hastings. The land was previously used for industrial timber and is now being restored for conservation and low-impact recreation.

Forestry

Promoting long-term forest health and broader ecosystem diversity is our main objective on the property. We are also taking a silviculture-based approach to forest management, consisting of stand improvement, plantation thinning, and habitat & invasive species management. 

Our slow and steady forestry plans suddenly changed after seeing over 5,000 acres of our forest flattened by the derecho storm in May 2022. Our forestry experts at Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve have been leading several salvage operations across the property, and advising us on broader forestry best practices and future harvest plans for the woodlot.

While this property is filled with amazing and beautiful landscapes, it’s important to recognize the scars as well. Some areas will take many years to recover from the industrial logging that took place on the land. This land was previously used for industrial timber operations and in some areas it shows.

These degraded areas help to remind us how crucial our work is to restore and continue protecting this land. The revenue from every camping trip and membership helps us continue to keep this land protected and pursue these restoration projects.

What are we doing?

We’ve begun working on a number of practical projects that are putting an end to careless use of the land as well as longer-term work to inform our broader conservation management plan for the property.
Baseline inventories of flora and fauna to improve our understanding of the property
Identifying invasive species and species at risk
Road remediation by actively decommissioning unnecessary trails and reducing the use of motorized recreational vehicles
Clean-up and remediation of human disturbance and discarded equipment throughout the property
Actively managing forests, transplanting trees into disturbed areas and protecting sensitive areas
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