As we enter our 25th year as a Land Trust, we have accomplished great things together through our shared commitment to conservation.

It is fitting that we have just made our largest acquisition, and that the property has been dedicated to our Founding President, Ron Reid.

As you will read, September has been good to us, and there is much to look forward to this fall.

Protecting nature for future generations
Ron Reid Nature Reserve: It's Official!
Thanks to the 105 members of the Couchiching Conservancy extended family who were able to attend the Ron Reid Nature Reserve Property Dedication. You made the occasion a very special day.

We know there are more who wanted to come but were unable, and we felt you there in spirit.

Whether as a volunteer or as a donor, most everyone attending the event worked on the campaign to purchase this 4 kilometre stretch of the Black River, comprising a total of 730 acres in the heart of QEII Wildlands Provincial Park.
To celebrate 25 years of land conservation, The Couchiching Conservancy is presenting "Legacy Landscapes" , an art exhibition highlighting the natural beauty of the Conservancy's unique properties.

Several professional landscape artists have been invited to create their impressions of our conservation lands, with the Orillia Museum of Art and History partnering to provide gallery space for this impressive collection.
Order of Orillia
We were very honoured to receive the Order of Orillia this month, recognizing individuals and groups who dedicate their time and effort to bettering the community through volunteerism.

At a ceremony held in the City of Orillia Council Chambers, Board President Doug Christie accepted the award on behalf of all our volunteers.

The committee had kind words for the Conservancy's culture of volunteerism:
"It is an organization that thrives on a culture of cooperation, respect and collaboration and has made an enormous contribution to the preservation of our local, natural spaces."
Wolves, Skinks and Carnivorous Plants:
November 14th, 7 pm at the Carden Recreation Centre.
This is the presentation we have all been waiting for!

Phil Careless , Park Biologist with Ontario Parks, was to be the guest speaker at our Annual General Meeting last February. The airport, however, had other plans.

Finally he will be able to tell us what the heck he is doing in this photo...and how he finally manage to get out of the airport.

Phil will be speaking about Q.E. II and about the Ron Reid Nature Reserve, which are both at the heart of one of southern Canada’s most powerful biological engines. From the comfort of our seats we shall climb rock barrens and slog through fens in pursuit of the plants and animals in our last great southern wilderness. This event is in partnership with the Carden Field Naturalists Club. A $2 contribution at the door helps the Club cover rental of the Carden Rec Centre.
Phone: 705-326-1620
Mail: Box 704, Orillia, ON L3V 6K7
Office: 1485 Division Rd W, Orillia, ON L3V 6H2
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