The 31-acre Haley Farm property is located within Brant County between the cities of Brantford and Hamilton. The landowners wanted to permanently protect this property with an easement agreement to help support the Greenbelt Plan Boundary. Brant County just outside of the Greenbelt Plan Boundary. This is OFT’s first land protection project in Brant County.
This property has important conservation and agricultural values. It contains Class 2 and 3 agricultural soils, which are at risk from urban sprawl in Brant County. It also contains mature, mixed-age forest, wetland vegetation, open farm fields, and a pond. These features support habitats for both terrestrial and aquatic wildlife, including species at risk such as the wood thrush, Eastern wood-pewee, bobolink, Eastern meadowlark, Louisiana waterthrush, and snapping turtle. The property is adjacent to a number of forests, watercourses, and other natural areas of importance within the County.
“I am pleased to have this part of the farm in an easement with OFT. We enjoyed many quiet walks and times on this part of the farm.”Margaret Haley, Easement Donor