New nature reserve being established south of Thunder Bay

Thunder Bay News Watch
December 5, 2022
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

THUNDER BAY — A new nature reserve featuring scenic wilderness, rugged cliffs, two lakes, stands of jack pine and white pine, and habitat for peregrine falcons and eagles is the latest acquisition of the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists. The group has purchased 410 acres of property in the Municipality of Neebing, overlooking Lake Superior near Sturgeon Bay. Spokesperson Susan Bryan calls the site — to be known as the Ward Lake Nature Reserve — “hugely, wonderfully beautiful.” She said that under zoning regulations, the property could have been opened up for housing, but under the protection of the Field Naturalists it will remain accessible to hikers while hunting and motorized vehicles will be banned. “There’s lots of other Crown land nearby where people can enjoy those pursuits, so it’s nice to have one place that’s protected for the animals, for the birds, for the habitat where people don’t damage it. It remains natural.”

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