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Charity expands protected habitat near Kingston, Ont., with once-private land

Written by on December 4, 2019

KINGSTON, Ont. — The Nature Conservancy of Canada is expanding a corridor of protected land in eastern Ontario.

The charity is adding 119 hectares — the size of roughly 220 football fields — to the Loughborough Wilderness, a collection of protected lands in the Frontenac Arch.

The land 25 kilometres from Kingston, Ont., contains granite ridges, wetlands, streambanks and forests.

The Nature Conservancy says the family of a lifelong environmentalist honoured his posthumous wishes by selling the land to the charity.

It says John (Jack) Hunter Allum bought the property 40 years ago in order to protect the forest and spent years expanding it, restoring former farm fields by planting 20,000 native trees.

The charity notes the Frontenac Arch is a particularly important habitat, linking Ontario’s hardwood and mixed forests to the Appalachian Mountain chain.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Dec. 4, 2019.

The Canadian Press