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Rahmani Tract
Sanderson and Sharp Tracts
Toad Hollow

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Audley Woods

Located on the Iroquois Beach physiographic unit at the western extreme of the CLOCA jurisdiction, Audley Road Woods (13 hectares) lies only a couple of kilometres to the west of Heber Down Conservation Area and several kilometers to the east of Greenwood Conservation Area (operated by the Town of Ajax). This land was dedicated to the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority as part of a land development application. This parcel is part of an important wildlife corridor that connects Heber Down Conservation Area in the east to Greenwood Conservation Area and the Duffins Creek in the west. This area has no facilities or trails and is not accessible to the general public.

Bowmanville Valleylands

The section of land known as the Bowmanville Valleylands stretches from the Langmaid Bridge to just south of Highway 2 along the banks of the Bowmanville Creek. The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority owns this section of valley in order to protect the ecological attributes of this land and to limit building within this floodplain area of the Bowmanville Creek. The Municipality of Clarington and the Valleys 2000 community group maintain trails along the banks of this portion of the Bowmanville Creek.

Crow’s Pass Conservation Area (Easter Seal Tract)

The Crow's Pass Conservation Area (64 hectares), purchased in 2003 with support from the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Regional Municipality of Durham, was the first acquisition made by CLOCA in the northwest corner of the jurisdiction. With close proximity to Chalk Lake, a provincial Area of Natural and Scientific Interest located only a short distance to the south of the Crow’s Pass Conservation Area, this area is part of a large and relatively unfragmented forested area that has been designated as a Natural Core Area on the Oak Ridges Moraine. The size and diversity of this largely undisturbed space makes it an important core wildlife habitat area with strong east-west natural connectivity along this portion of the Oak Ridges Moraine. The Crow’s Pass Conservation Area makes up part of the regionally significant Nonquon Headwaters Area of Natural and Scientific Interest and contains several interesting wetlands that are typical of the rolling topography found within the Oak Ridges Moraine. This area has no maintained facilities or trails at this time.

Hampton Conservation Area

The Hampton Conservation Area is located in the centre of the Village of Hampton and includes land that was once known for its bustling mill and extensive millpond. This area includes a control structure within this section of the Bowmanville Creek that now functions as an important barrier for other things than water. This control structure helps to keep non-native fish stocks (i.e. rainbow trout and salmon species) from getting into the tributaries north of this point where sensitive native stocks of brook trout continue to thrive.

Oshawa Valleylands

The Oshawa Valleylands stretch from Bloor Street to the Oshawa Harbour along the lower stretch of the Oshawa Creek. This stretch of valleyland is owned by the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority in order to protect the ecological attributes of this land and to limit building within this floodplain area of the Oshawa Creek. This area provides a paved trail that connects to other trail networks within the City of Oshawa. The Oshawa Valleylands are managed and maintained by the City of Oshawa.

Rahmani Tract

The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority purchased the Rahmani Tract (28 hectares), located only a short distance west of Purple Woods Conservation Area, in 2003 with support from the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, and the Regional Municipality of Durham. The Rahmani Tract is designated as a Natural Linkage Area on the Oak Ridges Moraine because of the role it, and surrounding properties, play in linking more natural spaces to the east with similar areas to the west. This area has no facilities or trails at this time.

Sanderson and Sharp Tracts

Managed in conjunction with the Enniskillen Conservation Area (located directly to the south), the Sanderson and Sharp Tracts (142 hectares collectively) were acquired by the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority in 2004 with support from the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, and the Regional Municipality of Durham. These acquisitions will help to protect a significant portion of the largely undisturbed Enniskillen/Enfield Valley. This area contributes significantly to groundwater recharge and discharge within the area, includes undisturbed coldwater tributaries that are part of the Bowmanville Creek Watershed, and is a core wildlife area due to the large unfragmented natural habitats found along its lengths. There are no facilities or trails on these tracts of land at this time.

Toad Hollow

This small area (10 hectares) protects a section of valley along the banks of the Farewell Creek at the boundary of the City of Oshawa and the Municipality of Clarington. Steep valley walls are secured from erosion by mature coniferous and deciduous forest. There are no maintained facilities or trails within this tract of land.

 
   
 
 
 

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