The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) is pleased to have a dedicated board of volunteer directors.
Stephen Boles, of Exeter, is President of Kuzuka Ltd., a greenhouse gas management and sustainability consulting corporation. He previously served as a research scientist at the Climate Change Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. He has a personal and professional interest in the conservation of Huron County’s forest ecosystems as an important part of ensuring a balanced and sustainable future.
Steve Bowers, of the Brussels area, is a Registered Professional Forester and past stewardship coordinator with the Ontario Stewardship Program of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. He currently owns and manages a 100-acre forested property and he owned and operated a livestock farm for a number of years. He has served in executive and membership roles in several community groups involved in conservation and recreation. He says land trusts are valuable tools to protect significant natural heritage features and he is pleased this tool is now available locally.
Don Farwell, of Stratford, is a long-time educator who served for 26 years as a principal with the Huron Perth Catholic District School Board. He is also a Master Gardener and is studying Sustainable Landscapes at University of Guelph. He has served in executive and membership roles of groups related to teaching, youth, and horticulture. The relationship between humans and nature has long interested him and says groups like land trusts can help to prevent further degradation of the natural environment.
David Kemp, of the Staffa area, is a farmer and ecologist. He is also a former teacher and principal. He has served in executive and membership roles in several groups in the agricultural, community, and social services fields. He is chairman of the Huron Perth Woodlot Association. His interest in land conservancy began as a child. He lives at the very headwaters of the Thames, Bayfield, and Ausable watersheds. He says there is a need to reduce erosion and soil and fertilizer from reaching watercourses and by serving on the land trust he can partially fulfill a responsibility to his Huron Tract ancestors to preserve and protect land here.
Roger Lewington, of Bayfield, is Chairman of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy. He is owner of RPL Properties and served for many years in general management and sales management positions with divisions of Saint-Gobain Corporation. He is President of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce and has served in executive positions with community groups in the heritage, conservation, and recreation areas. He says the land trust conservancy will be a wonderful opportunity to secure and protect lands for the benefit of future generations.
Tom McLaughlin, of Lucan, worked in the banking sector for many years prior to his recent retirement. He served as an analyst with 3M Canada Limited and Data Logic Consulting before that. He is a former Mayor of the Township of Lucan Biddulph and a former Warden of Middlesex County. He has served in many community roles on boards of social service, service, and local sporting organizations. He said he hopes his experience and his commitment to the land trust will help it achieve its aims.
Burkhard Metzger, of Clinton, has served as a project engineer and manager of major agricultural and greenhouse projects internationally. He has served in executive and membership roles of many agricultural and community organizations. He is a councillor with the Municipality of Central Huron. He sees his work on the land trust as part of a duty to conserve the unique natural features of the Huron Tract. He said the land trust conservancy is a great tool for interested landowners to conserve their lands for future generations.
Peter Twynstra, of Ailsa Craig, established The Great Canadian Bean Company Inc. in 1978 and has served as a producer, processor, marketer, and exporter of edible beans to countries around the world. He served as a Reeve of the former Township of East Williams. He has served as Chair of the World Pulse Conference in Vancouver in 2001 and has served in executive and director roles on several agricultural, service, safety, and business organizations. He feels the area’s land and heritage must be preserved for future generations and the land trust conservancy can help with this mission.
Philip Walden is a lawyer from the Thedford area with offices in Forest, Parkhill, and Thedford. His knowledge of the southern part of the Huron Tract region will be an asset to the board. Also, his many years in the legal profession will prove very helpful to the Trust as it moves forward with plans to protect the environment through land donations from individuals and donations of funds from individuals designated to purchase and maintain significant environmental properties. He says he is pleased to have been asked to be a director of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy.