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Learn about plans for Hudgin – Rose property and south shore initiatives – March 23

Video of the Hudgin-Rose property at Ostrander Point in Oct. 2018, by David Coulson

The public is invited to learn about plans to preserve the Hudgin – Rose property – about 76 acres located next to Ostrander Point Crown Land – recently acquired by Nature Conservacy of Canada (NCC).

Unique to the Hudgin Rose property on Ostrander Point road is an 1865 log house constructed by Moses Hudgin.

Unique to this property on Ostrander Point road is an 1865 log house constructed by Moses Hudgin. The Rose family later cared for the land and the building and their stewardship led to the heritage designation for the cabin.

NCC and the Hastings Prince Edward Land Trust are working together to care for the Hudgin – Rose property, as well as other land that forms the Point Petre to Prince Edward Point Conservation Project – including the Miller Family Nature Reserve 490 acre property to the west.

All the lands are home to biologically rich alvar, grassland and wetland habitats – home to Blandings turtles, monarch butterflies, several bat species, the eastern whip-poor-will and are part of the Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA) as habitat and stopover for migratory birds.

Plans for biological conservation of the property are under way and work with partner groups will focus on conservation of the heritage building.

Learn more at the annual meeting of the South Shore Joint Initiative which was formed in 2018 with a specific goal to achieve protection for the two crown land portions of Prince Edward County’s south shore and its surrounding waters.

On Saturday, March 23 the group will hold its annual meeting to inform members and the public of the progress made toward that goal.

Amanda Tracey, Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Coordinator of Conservation Biology for Central Ontario – East, will be speaking about NCC’s recent acquisition of the Hudgin – Rose property.

While the meeting will include the required annual members meeting for the incorporated South Shore Joint Initiative, the public is invited to attend.

“We have been working diligently to raise awareness of the unique biodiversity and importance of our south shore with the public and the relevant government and non-government organizations,” said John Hirsch, SSJI president. “This is an opportunity for everyone to find out what we have been doing and what we have achieved and everyone is welcome.”

The meeting will be held in Milford Town Hall from 2 to 4 pm with registration and membership renewal starting at 1:30 pm.

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