Hindmarsh Farm Ecological Restoration
2014 marked an important year for the ecological restoration of Hindmarsh Farm. Protected by an OFT conservation easement in 2009, the site was identified as having significant ecological, agricultural, and recreational features. Ecological restoration efforts were undertaken to improve water flow and protection on site as well as to create and enhance wetland features and species at risk habitat while limiting downstream erosion of sensitive ravine and shoreline ecosystems located on the coast of Lake Huron.
The site also serves as an educational tool for the nearby community. The Hindmarsh Farm ecological restoration project sparked the interest of Grade 7 and 8 students from Goderich District Collegiate Institute (GDCI) who recently planted more than 100 trees on the Hindmarsh Farm this spring. These trees will help in the naturalization of two wetlands that were established this past winter. Follow this link to read more on the GDCI-Hindmarsh collaborative project.
OFT is thankful for the support from the National Wetland Conservation Fund and Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association Species at Risk Farm Incentive Program as well as the collaborative efforts of the Hindmarsh Family, the Maitland Valley Conservation Authority, Environment Canada, Ducks Unlmited and the Huron Stewardship Council.
A celebration event was hosted at the farm on Monday, July 6th, 2015.