Trevelyn was the name of a tiny hamlet at the intersection of Ballycanoe and Catholic Church Roads. So tiny that Google can’t find it. But the farm properties there, under conservation easement agreement in 2020, play a strategic role in conservation. The 180 acres slope down into Leeders Creek, and the Leeders Creek Wetland Complex – an enormously important wildlife area, and a massive regional water storage and water-filtering reservoir upstream of Charleston Lake, and downstream into the Thousand Islands.
At the high-ground south end of the property are hay fields, breeding and foraging and nesting for two endangered species of birds – bobolinks and eastern meadowlarks. The fields are bordered by hedgerows hosting many more species of birds, and bats, reptiles and mammals. The fields are on sandstone bedrock. A little south of Ballycanoe Road the sandstone plain ends abruptly as it drops over a 15 meter cliff, with caverns of snake and bat wintering hibernacula, porcupine and chipmunk dens and massive old maples and butternut trees. Below the cliffs are moist woodlands, wonderfully rich in wildlife and flora. These merge into the wetlands of Leeders Creek’s marsh and swamp forests.
Trevelyn Farm is one piece of a big picture project area of the Thousand Islands Watershed Land Trust at Leeders Creek. This wetland complex has a provincial designation as Crown Land, recognizing the significance of the forest and wetlands in the region. The Crown Lands, some 3,900 acres, has some farm properties around and into its margins, and Trevelyn Farm is one of these. The conservation agreement here adds to the integrity of this conservation initiative. It is key in the future of the water quality downstream.
Fund needed: $11,500