Provincial donation expands Felker's Falls, karst lands 'Out of the blue' donations enlarge conservation areas Richard Leitner, Stoney Creek Click here to find out more! (May 11, 2007)
The Felker's Falls Conservation Area will grow by more than five hectares thanks to unexpected provincial land transfers that will also increase the size of the new Eramosa Karst park in upper Stoney Creek.
Hamilton Conservation Authority general manager Steve Miazga said he's delighted by the donations, which came "out of the blue."
He said he only learned of them via an e-mail of an April 20 news release issued by the Ministry of Public Infrastructure Renewal.
Ten properties were donated across Ontario, including three in Hamilton.
"This is wonderful news. We're always looking to protect and preserve areas along the escarpment," Mr. Miazga said. "This goes a way towards doing that."
The Felker's Falls donation comprises a bush lot to the east of the existing conservation area and will boost its overall size to 38 hectares.
The Eramosa Karst will meanwhile now include a 2.8-hectare swampy area at the southeast corner of Highland and Upper Mount Albion roads, bringing its total size to 76 hectares.
The province donated the bulk of the property last fall and the conservation authority is in the midst of finalizing plans for the karst park, a series of caves, sink holes, dry valleys and sinking streams caused by dissolving limestone.
Post by Brian Roebuck on Jun 10, 2007 6:11:41 GMT -5
It's always nice when more land is donated to wild areas that are protecting Karst. Hopefully this trend will continue world wide. There are many areas that need to be left alone for natural processes and animals to thrive in. We have been fortunate in Tennessee to have some land donated in and around karst areas as well. This is a good thing.
Brian Roebuck NSS 34626 RL (FE) ----- Caving is far too serious to be taken seriously.