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Issue One – Newsletter – Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy

Mayhew Tract, Bayfield River Flats have received lasting protection through Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC); Two new members join Board of Directors

The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) provides lasting protection to important natural areas, such as the Bayfield River Flats and the Mayhew Tract, thanks to donations that have been made by the public. The land trust for the historic area of the Huron Tract has announced that two active volunteers have joined the Board of Directors.

The two newest board members of the Land Trust Conservancy are Max Morden, of Grand Bend, and Paul Spittal, of Bayfield. The two men have been active in their communities.

“We are very pleased to welcome two new directors who combine years of professional experience and knowledge with active public service in their own communities,” said Roger Lewington, Chair of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy. “They will be very valuable to the work of the land trust and people of this area as we strive to continue our recent momentum towards lasting protection of natural areas in this historic part of Ontario.”

Morden has been co-owner of Morden Communications Inc. since 1994. Before that he worked as a lawyer between 1973 and 1994 in London.

Spittal, now retired, was an educator with the Avon Maitland District School Board, and the former Huron County Board of Education, between 1972 and 2003.

Max Morden
Max Morden

Max Morden said we are all trustees and stewards of the natural world around us. The concept of a land trust is a simple yet powerful tool to convey this vision of trusteeship and stewardship, he said. The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy gives landowners a practical way to leave a lasting local land legacy, according to the new director. The Grand Bend man has been very active in his community, serving as a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend since 2005, currently as Secretary. He served with the Grand Bend Area Community Health Centre from 2007 to 2013, having served as Chair from 2010 to 2012. He served as Co-Chair of the Lakeshore Eco-Network when it began in 2014 and he continues his service with them as a director.

Paul Spittal
Paul Spittal

Paul Spittal has served as a president of the Goderich and Seaforth Lions Clubs. He is a former Tuckersmith Township councillor, prior to its amalgamation into Huron East. He and his wife Joan restored a heritage farm property near Egmondville by planting more than 10,000 trees to reduce erosion into the Bayfield River and to help enrich the farmland there. He said he enjoys seeing how those trees have grown today. He said he is looking forward to working with people in the historic area of the Huron Tract to permanently protect important natural areas. The new director has been very active in his community, having served as a member of a number of community organizations including: Community Living Central Huron; Goderich and Seaforth Lions Clubs; Huron East Recreation Board; Huron East Heritage Committee; and on Parish Council of Trinity Anglican Church Bayfield.

The Board of Directors works with the community to preserve local habitat for future generations through permanent custodianship. The Chairman of the Land Trust thanked past directors Tom McLaughlin and David Kemp, who recently retired from the Board after years of dedicated service since the land trust’s formation in 2011. “I would like to thank Tom and David for their years of service,” the Chair said. “Two very good people have retired from the board and two very good people have joined the board. We have been able to retain and add a lot of experience around the table and it will serve the Huron Tract area well.”

Current members of the HTLTC Board of Directors are Roger Lewington, of Bayfield; Steve Boles, of Exeter; Steve Bowers, of Brussels; Don Farwell, of Stratford; Burkhard Metzger, of Clinton; Peter Twynstra, of Ailsa Craig; Philip Walden, of Thedford; Paul Spittal, of Bayfield; and Max Morden, of Grand Bend.

Land trusts or land conservancies are independent, charitable organizations that work with private landowners to preserve open space and nature. A land trust can permanently protect land to preserve its natural, environmental, recreational, scenic, historical, or agricultural importance. Land trusts accept donations and bequests of land and conservation agreements and, in some cases, may purchase land or conservation agreements. The land is then protected from that time on. Acquisition of properties is subject to board approval and negotiation of management agreements.

The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy gets its name and geographic boundaries from the days of early settlement in this part of Ontario. The Huron Tract was purchased by the Canada Company, an agent of the British government, to be distributed to colonial settlers of Upper Canada. The Canada Company bought one million acres (4,000 km) of land, west of the then London district, and called it the Huron Tract. The Canada Company was the administrative agent for the Huron Tract.

The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy gives people in the historic Huron Tract area a safe, reliable, long-term way to leave financial contributions or bequests of real property for the protection of land, water, and habitat for generations to come. If you would like to donate to the work of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy, or leave a lasting local land legacy for protection, please visit htltc.ca, phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or speak with one of the community members on the land trust’s Board of Directors.

To learn more visit the land trust website at htltc.ca.

Mayhew Tract sign unveiled at dedication ceremony

Dignitaries speak at dedication ceremony and sign unveiling to recognize generous donation of land by Mayhew family in memory of Jack and Iris Mayhew;
Donation of nature area first for local Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy

Cyclists rode from Bayfield to the Holmesville area on Friday, June 19, 2015, during the Celebration of Water Weekend, to attend the dedication ceremony and sign unveiling for the Mayhew Tract. This important forested property, in the Holmesville area, was donated by the Mayhew Family, in memory of Jack and Iris Mayhew, to the local Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC).

A crowd of people came in cars and on bicycles to attend the June 19 dedication ceremony and sign unveiling for the Mayhew Tract near Holmesville. This ten-acre tract is the first donation of land to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) and is to be preserved for generations to come. This important forested property – which provides water storage, recharge, and habitat benefits to the area – was donated by the Mayhew family, in memory of Jack and Iris Mayhew. Jack and Iris’s children, Janine, Tim, and Greg, attended the ceremony along with other Mayhew family members. From left to right, in photo, are Roger Lewington, Chairman of the Land Trust Board of Directors; Tim Mayhew; Janine Jones; Greg Mayhew; and Nancy Mayhew.
A crowd of people came in cars and on bicycles to attend the June 19 dedication ceremony and sign unveiling for the Mayhew Tract near Holmesville. This ten-acre tract is the first donation of land to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) and is to be preserved for generations to come. This important forested property – which provides water storage, recharge, and habitat benefits to the area – was donated by the Mayhew family, in memory of Jack and Iris Mayhew. Jack and Iris’s children, Janine, Tim, and Greg, attended the ceremony along with other Mayhew family members. From left to right, in photo, are Roger Lewington, Chairman of the Land Trust Board of Directors; Tim Mayhew; Janine Jones; Greg Mayhew; and Nancy Mayhew.

Jack and Iris’s daughter Janine and sons Greg and Tim were among family members to attend the ceremony. Greg Mayhew, of Holmesville, spoke on behalf of the Mayhew family. He said it was “a little overwhelming” that, instead of a few people shaking hands in front of a sign for a photo, dozens of people attended  to witness the dedication of land. “Thank you to everyone who came out today and made this possible,” he said. “It is our hope that this donation will preserve this lot in the natural state that Jack and Iris appreciated and we encourage others to see the value in our forested lands.” He said the parcel is a natural drainage area and provides natural habitat as well.

“Jack and Iris Mayhew farmed here for nearly 43 years,” he said, pointing to the home farm, cater-cornered from the Mayhew Tract. Greg recalled that at a time when his father, an avid outdoorsman, might have cleared fencerows or removed trees for more crop land, “he was still planting trees and creating grassed waterways.”

When recalling the history of the ten-acre parcel that was donated, he said it was a source of firewood and a place to enjoy nature. Greg recalled his mother bringing her children and grandchildren to the site. “Every spring Iris would bring us down to look for pussy-willows, a tradition she continued with her grandkids,” he said.

Huron County Warden Paul Gowing and Municipality of Central Huron Mayor Jim Ginn were among the dignitaries who spoke at the ceremony to thank the Mayhew family for the generous donation which will help to provide local forest cover, groundwater recharge, and wildlife habitat for generations to come. The donation from the Mayhew family is the first one received by the new land trust. “This is a historic first donation of land to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy,” said Warden Paul Gowing. “I commend the Mayhew family for your generous donation,” he said. “We appreciate your trust in protecting this land in the memory of Jack and Iris Mayhew. Your donation will safeguard wildlife habitat, while enhancing air and water quality for our children’s children,” he said.

Mayor Jim Ginn said it was a pleasure for him to speak at the ceremony for a number of reasons. “It’s a privilege that the first donation to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy happens in Central Huron,” he said. “It is also a privilege because I knew Jack and Iris very well. Jack owned another property directly across the highway from my farm. For a number of years we got to know each other pretty well, and spent many times talking about trees. It was kind of a passion both of us had. On behalf of the Municipality of Central Huron I would like to thank the Mayhew family for donating this and showing the good stewardship practices to preserve this land in perpetuity.”

Bill Strong, Constituency Manager, brought remarks on behalf of Huron-Bruce MP Ben Lobb, who had a prior commitment at another charitable event. “Ben got to know Jack and Iris very well over the years,” Strong said, and the fact that Jack was an accomplished wood carver made the donation of this woodlot an appropriate way to remember Jack and Iris. “I had the privilege of knowing Jack myself,” said Strong. “Congratulations to the Mayhew family for this donation.”

Bob Radtke, Chairman of the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, also brought remarks. The Conservation Foundation facilitated the creation of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy as a local and permanent way for people to leave a lasting land and nature legacy. People can do this through donations and bequests of land to protect and preserve the natural, recreational, scenic, historical, or agricultural importance of some of the properties of the historic Huron Tract area. “The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy is a volunteer organization with a separate board of directors,” Radtke said to the crowd. “The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy gives people in the Huron Tract area a way to make a positive difference by helping to protect, restore land, water, and nature. The land is permanently protected to preserve its conservation, heritage, or agricultural values,” he said. “On behalf of the Foundation I would like to commend and thank the Mayhew family for this generous and lasting donation in the memory of Jack and Iris Mayhew. This lasting legacy will not only provide environmental health benefits to the people of this area but it will inspire other people to do the same. This is the start of something very important.”

“This is a special day for the land trust,” said Roger Lewington, Chairman of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy, marking the first donation of land. “This will be here for generations to come.” There is a need for more forest cover and that makes it even more important to have donations that preserve forest cover we have, Lewington said. “Forest cover provides wind protection, cleans the air we breathe, retains runoff, and provides sanctuary for wildlife.”
The Mayhew Tract is located about two kilometres south of Holmesville, on the northeast corner of Tower Line Road and Parr Line. It is just north of the watershed divide between the Bayfield River and Maitland River.

The ten-acre (four-hectare) Mayhew Tract property is entirely forested. Most of the trees are lowland hardwood (for example, Silver Maple and Aspen) and there are also some conifers near the west side of the property. There is also an intermittent drain on the property. The forest helps to store water through the year and recharge the groundwater table. This is one of the benefits to this nature area along with habitat.
Land trusts or land conservancies are independent, charitable organizations that work with private landowners to preserve open space and nature. Land trusts accept donations and bequests of land and conservation agreements and, in some cases, may purchase land or conservation agreements. The land is then protected from that time on.

The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy gets its name and geographic boundaries from the days of early settlement in this part of Ontario. The Huron Tract was purchased by the Canada Company, an agent of the British government, to be distributed to colonial settlers of Upper Canada.

The HTLTC is a volunteer organization with a community board of directors. The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation helped to create the land trust in 2011. The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy gives people a safe, reliable, long-term way to leave financial contributions or bequests of real property for the protection of land, water, and habitat for generations to come. The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy can protect important nature areas for the long term, with the help of “an inspired community that values and protects natural lands and habitat.” For more information visit htltc.ca.

Newsletter to keep community informed about work of Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy to protect natural lands in the future

Public invited to subscribe to free electronic newsletter to find out more about community board of directors’ work with the community to protect and preserve lands of natural, recreational, scenic, historical, or agricultural importance

A local organization that was formed to help preserve natural land, in the historic area of the Huron Tract, has created its first electronic newsletter. The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy invites you to subscribe to the newsletter at this link:

Subscribe to Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy Newsletter

Read the first issue of the newsletter at this link:

Issue One – Newsletter – Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy

Bayfield’s Roger Lewington is Chair of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC). He says the newsletter provides a cost-effective way to keep people informed about efforts to preserve local natural lands for the future. “We want to make people aware of this land trust, which is a new option for donors to help preserve natural land in this part of Ontario,” he said. “The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy offers a way for people to leave a local land legacy. People can help to permanently protect and preserve the natural, recreational, scenic, historical, or agricultural importance of some of the properties of the historic Huron Tract area.”

Land trusts or land conservancies are independent, charitable organizations that work with private landowners to preserve open space and nature. Land trusts accept donations and bequests of land and conservation agreements and, in some cases, may purchase land or conservation agreements. The land is then protected from that time on.

The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) is a new land trust created in 2011 by the Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation, a registered Canadian charity. The HTLTC is a volunteer organization with a community board of directors. For more information visit the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy Website.

The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy gives people a safe, reliable, long-term way to leave financial contributions or bequests of real property for the protection of the land, water, and species for generations to come.

The Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy gets its name and geographic boundaries from the days of early settlement in this part of Ontario. The Huron Tract was purchased by the Canada Company, an agent of the British government, to be distributed to colonial settlers of Upper Canada.

Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy formed to acquire, protect lands for nature preservation in historic Ontario area

New charitable organization board of directors announced; first meeting held

A new charitable organization has been created to acquire and permanently protect lands for nature preservation throughout the area of the historic Huron Tract.

The Board of Directors for the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy has now been announced. The land trust’s first Chairman is Roger Lewington, of Bayfield. The board also includes: Steve Boles, of Exeter; Steve Bowers, of Brussels; Don Farwell, of Stratford; David Kemp, of Staffa; Tom McLaughlin, of Lucan; Burkhard Metzger, of Clinton; Peter Twynstra, of Ailsa Craig; and Philip Walden, of Thedford.

Lands trusts are charities which accept donations or bequests of land to help conserve land through ownership or through conservation agreements with property owners. Land trusts are committed to protecting those lands and properties permanently. Information about land trusts in Ontario can be obtained through the Ontario Land Trust Alliance website.

The Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation facilitated creation of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) to provide local landowners the opportunity to donate land throughout this important area of southwestern Ontario. Their donations go to a charitable organization with an independent board of directors made up of community-minded citizens, said Lewington. “Landowners throughout this historic area of Ontario now have a land-trust donation option as one way they can leave a lasting legacy for our environmental future,” he said. “Land trusts are important institutions that provide assurance to donors that their gift will offer a nature legacy for generations to come.”

The name Huron Tract refers to a stretch of southwestern Ontario land between Lake Huron and Lake Erie encompassing the modern-day counties of Huron, Perth, Middlesex, and Lambton. The Huron Tract was a one-million-acre area purchased and administered by the Canada Company, a British land development company acting with approval of the British government, in the 1830s. The Huron Tract is roughly 4,000 square kilometres in size.
Biographies of the directors, a map of the Huron Tract boundaries, and more information is available about the HTLTC online.

Anyone interested in donating to the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy, or finding out more, can phone 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610 or e-mail Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy.