How did the Muskoka Heritage Trust acquire the Dyer Memorial?
The Muskoka Heritage Trust was established in 1996 by the Muskoka Heritage Foundation to preserve Muskoka's heritage assets, including significant natural lands and built heritage. The ongoing protection of the Dyer Memorial property therefore fits within the Trust’s mandate. Since early 2009, the Trust has been negotiating with the Dyer trustees about assuming responsibility for the property.
What will happen now?
The monument, stairs and walkways will be repaired in the fall of 2010. In 2011, the area surrounding the monument will be planted with native species, with the assistance of the Natural Heritage Committee of the Muskoka Heritage Foundation.
Will the Dyer Memorial Monument Site be open to the public?
It will be open to the public, from dawn to dusk. Please take only photos and leave only footprints.
Why is it important to protect lands in trust?
The preservation of natural areas and built heritage helps to maintain the character of Muskoka. The protection of ecologically significant land also protects:
- large natural areas, or an area that connects two natural areas and helps combat fragmentation of habitat, which threatens species, particularly those with large territories
- shoreline which also protects the lake’s water quality
- wetlands which is habitat required by many species, including threatened species like the Blandings turtle
- areas of high biodiversity, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change
What we do:
- Protect Muskoka’s biodiversity through land protection
- Monitor and manage the land to ensure it remains in a natural state
- Encourage good land stewardship
- Retain expert volunteers who assess ecological values of land.
- Provide conservation options for landowners
- Assist landowners in accessing tax benefits for donation of ecologically significant land
Hope to see you at the announcement!!