Thanks to the generosity of John and Kate van Nostrand of Toronto, in December 2016 the Northumberland Land Trust received the gift of a sixth property. Property is owned in fee-simple by the NLT.
Location: Northumberland County
Municipality: Township of Alnwick/Haldimand
Latitude & Longitude (degrees, minutes, seconds): 43° 58′ 52″ N, 77° 59′ 09″ W
Nearest town: Grafton
Description: CON B PT LOT 16 S/S ORCHARD GROVE ROAD
Assessment Roll Number: 14-50-116-010-10300-0000
Total Property Size: 35.28 acres including about 400 m of Lake Ontario shoreline in natural condition. Area identified as Critical Habitat for Species At Risk: 29.77 acres
Land classifications as a percentage of the total acres: Wetland 80% (Provincially Significant Wetland 80%), Forest/Woodland 20%
History: This newest NLT Nature Reserve will be known as the Jack van Nostrand Nature Reserve (Jack’s Marsh) in memory of John’s grandfather (who was a great friend of Frank Kortright, one of Ontario’s early conservationists – see http://www.kortright.org/about-kortright/ ) and father, who were both known as Jack van Nostrand.
Acquisition Date: Dec. 30, 2016. The acquisition of this nature reserve has been made possible in part through the Federal Ecogift Program.
Ecological Gift Number: 656
Located a short distance south and east of Grafton, this 14 ha (35 acre) parcel includes a sizable portion of a Provincially Significant Wetland as well as a drier wooded area. The wetland is largely cattail marsh bordered by alder swamp and wet woodland. Along its south edge is about 400 m of essentially pristine Lake Ontario shoreline, an increasingly rare habitat.
A reception was held at the home of new Board member Robert Fishlock on Sunday, September 18, 2016 to thank the donors and to allow them to meet members of the Northumberland Land Trust.
On a beautiful sunny Saturday, May 27, 2017, the sign at our newest Nature Reserve, the Jack Van Nostrand Nature Reserve, and declared it “OPEN”! Several members of the van Nostrand family were in attendance, and they joined other NLT members for refreshments at the Grafton Village Inn.