Located in the Municipality of West Elgin, just west of Wardsville, Blain Farm was purchased in 2009 from Wilbert and Eleanor Blain, who had farmed the land for over 70 years.
Blain Farm lies within the Skunk's Misery Natural Area as designated by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. It is located one kilometre south of Skunk's Misery Forest, one of the region's most important natural areas.
The 27-hectare (67-acre) property features 20 ha of productive cropland as well as 1.3 km of river frontage.
Between the cropland and the river are 6 ha of riverine forest and terraced floodplain. Blain Farm's riverine forest serves as a natural corridor connecting the Thames River to the core of the Skunk's Misery forest complex.
The property features a variety of Carolinian species such as Hackberry, Sycamore, Bladdernut and Spicebush. The site's sandbars and other riverfront features are also likely breeding sites for rare turtle and freshwater mussel species.
The Stewardship Plans for the property include a Forest Restoration Plan and a Crop Management Plan. These Plans govern the best management practices for the site's natural areas and cropland. Efforts to enhance the site's effectiveness as both a river corridor and as a connection to neighbouring upland woodlands will be pursued, as well as measures to reduce erosion and improve aquatic habitats.
The property's natural area has no existing trail system and is not easily accessible from the road. As such, public access to the Blain Farm, including the recreational use of motorized vehicles, is not permitted.
TTLT is grateful for the confidence the Blains have placed in the Trust, and we look forward to working with other landowners within the Skunk's Misery area to protect the region's diverse natural and agricultural landscapes.