The Trevelyan Farm is dedicated to preserving the farm for future generations.
Owners John and Tanya Ambrose wanted to make sure the land was protected for future generations so they created an easement through the Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust.
The over-170-acre property sits on part of the Leeders Creek Wetland Complex north of Mallorytown and is surrounded by a diverse forest of mature and semi-mature trees and wildlife habitats throughout the land.
"I wanted to protect the biodiversity for future generations,” said Ambrose, who is also a land trust board member. "I didn't want to have my kids come down this road 20 years from now and look at a subdivision across the road and look at the ridge that has been cleared of all its mature wood for someone's lumber."
"I want them to be able drive down this road, not just my kids but my grandkids and their kids as well, and see it and enjoy the natural environment as it always was," he added.
The easement is broken up into three sections, and two have already been completed while the third one is currently still in the works.
Calder Schweitzer, executive director of the land trust, said it’s still early in the process but they hope to have the third easement completed by spring of next year or early summer.
An easement means that the land remains in ownership of the family but any future development on the property is restricted. In return for declaring their property as an easement, the owners received a tax receipt from the government.
The farm was secured with the support of the government of Ontario and Ontario Land Trust Alliance, through the Greenlands Conservation Partnership, which helps conserve ecologically important natural areas including wetlands, grasslands and forests that might help mitigate the effects of climate change, states the land trust.
The property is home to a large diverse collection of plants and wildlife throughout its acreage.
The hayfields are host to many grassland birds as well. The farmland may not be active farming but there are two barns on the property, one small and one large, and there resides an old stone house too.
Currently the land trust has a total of six easements, including the Ambrose properties and two others under consideration.
"One property isn't going to save everything we're trying to save; we need lots of properties," said Ambrose.
Marnie Ross, director of the land trust, explained that it's the land trust's passion to try to conserve as much land as it possibly can to preserve the natural area for the wildlife and for the air we breathe and water we drink.
"We have to plan for the future and make sure that it's always going to be there," she said.
In the Leeds and Grenville area, only five per cent of the land is preserved and developments are happening rapidly around us, but the Trevelyan Farm easements mean that property will stay the way it is now, forever, said Ross.
(Jessica Munro is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Brockville Recorder and Times. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.)
Jessica Munro, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Brockville Recorder and Times