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Wachner Nature Preserve Protected Forever

Thames Talbot Land Trust protects 21st nature reserve

May 14, 2022, London, Ontario - Thames Talbot Land Trust celebrated the protection of the Wachner Nature Preserve near Dorchester, Ontario. This 9.4 hectare (23 acre) nature reserve protects a portion of the Dorchester Swamp and a regenerating meadow. The property was generously donated by Ann and Fritz Wachner. The Wachners lived on the property for many decades, raising their family along with ducks, rabbits and vegetables, and protecting the swamp at the rear of the property. In the last decade, Ann retired their small pasture and planted a variety of Carolinian trees to augment the biodiversity of the site. The Wachners wanted to ensure that their beloved property – and all the trees and wildlife – would be protected forever so they chose to work with Thames Talbot Land Trust to make that dream a reality. 

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Local Land Trust Nature Reserves Recognized and Counted as Protected Areas

April 4, 2022
LONDON, ON Thames Talbot Land Trust (TTLT) is thrilled to announce that sixteen TTLT nature reserves, 694 hectares, were recognized and added to the Canadian Protected and Conserved Areas Database in December 2021. TTLT worked with the Ontario Land Trust Alliance to have TTLT lands evaluated against comprehensive pan- Canadian standards for Protected Areas in Canada. The evaluation was completed by staff at the Protected Areas Section of Ontario Parks and TTLT lands met all criteria. This is the first time that lands held by TTLT and several other land trusts across Ontario will be included in the Canadian Protected and Conserved Areas Database. In an area like southwestern Ontario where there are few national and provincial parks, land protection by land trusts and other conservation organizations is critical to protecting biodiversity.

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