The Copeland Farm is located just outside of Guelph, in Wellington County, and is Ontario Farmland Trust’s third easement in the County. The protection of this farm helps to build a cluster of preserved properties, providing permanent protection of prime agricultural land and natural areas from urban development of nearby towns and cities.
This 73-acre farm includes prime agricultural soils, grasslands, a section of the Speed River, associated wetlands, and a large forested area. The easement donors have completed many restoration and improvement projects on the property, including a meadow conversion and working with the Grand River Conservation Authority to improve and protect the river and wetland habitats. This property is a haven for many wildlife species, including at-risk species like the little brown bat, barn swallow, and snapping turtle.
“This is a unique property with both prime agricultural land and a rich riparian environment along the Speed River. We feel strongly that both should be preserved and not lost to non-farming uses.”
– Dave and Cindy Copeland, Easement Donors