On October 20th, Otonabee Conservation planted 600 trees at the Harold Town Conservation Area on Old Norwood Road in the Township of Otonabee South Monaghan, just outside of the City of Peterborough.
Staff from Otonabee Conservation planted red pine and white cedar trees, which will provide habitat for wildlife and increase biodiversity in the area adjacent to the parking lot at the conservation area.
“Each year, we plant trees at several of our Conservation Areas,” explains Dan Marinigh, Otonabee Conservation’s CAO, “Trees provide multiple benefits including mitigating the impacts of climate change and enhancing watershed health. We are pleased to have the support of many partners to enhance the area near the road and parking area at Harold Town Conservation Area.”
The Harold Town Conservation Area is named after the Canadian painter who owned the property from the mid 1970’s until the early 1990’s. Harold Town enjoyed this property as his personal retreat until he passed away in 1990. On April 11, 1994, The Harold Town estate donated the property to Otonabee Conservation. It was then named in his memory and was dedicated as a park for public purposes.
Harold Town Conservation Area has become the area’s premier mountain biking area with an extensive trail system designed for off-road cycling and hiking. Trail building and maintenance is conducted in partnership with the Peterborough Trailbuilder’s Association and with generous support from Wild Rock Outfitters and an anonymous donor.
This Fall, Otonabee Conservation is planting 5,690 trees with the generous support from community partners, including City of Peterborough, Selwyn Township, Siemens Canada, Brock Mission, and Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and with generous financial support from Tree Canada, Forests Ontario, TD Canada Trust, and One Tree Planted.
To learn more about the importance of forests follow Otonabee Conservation on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter at @OtonabeeC. For more information about Harold Town Conservation Area, visit otonabeeconservation.com