Muskoka Brewery adopts UpJohn Nature Reserve in Bracebridge
BRACEBRIDGE - Imagine sitting by this lake and watching a sunset.
Muskoka Brewery, which has long been an organization that typifies Muskoka. Their slogan of “Venture off the beaten path” is one that they live and breathe!
Now, they are taking the next “step” on that journey by supporting the Muskoka Conservancy in their efforts to protect and care for Muskoka’s natural spaces, says a news release Friday from the Conservancy.
Muskoka Brewery has adopted the Upjohn Nature Reserve just on the edge of Bracebridge. This 114 acre property has a long history in the community and was donated by Guy and Sandra Upjohn in 2011. This beautiful property combines a beautiful beaver pond wetland, forested areas, and an old fieldstone homestead.
“With the generous contribution from Muskoka Brewery, Muskoka Conservancy will be able to update signage, and do some much needed maintenance on the old building,” said Kristie Virgoe, Executive Director at the Muskoka Conservancy.
Muskoka Conservancy (MC) is a charitable land trust that works with the community to protect sensitive lands, provide private land stewardship, and educational outreach throughout Muskoka. MC is honoured to work with landowners to protect Muskoka’s special places by establishing nature reserves and conservation easements. To date, they protect over 1,800 acres of Muskoka’s iconic landscape.
The Upjohn property is home to deer, beaver, moose and bear as well as songbirds, too numerous to list. Mr. and Mrs. Upjohn donated the property to ensure that this land remained in its natural state forever. Their love of Muskoka can be felt as you look through the property.
“When we protect property, we promise our donors that we will steward the land forever,” said Virgoe. “This is a promise we take very seriously. Stewardship and monitoring properties requires time and resources, and we are very grateful to Muskoka Brewery for adopting this special property for 2014.”
Muskoka Brewery has donated over $1,500 to help with the stewardship of the Upjohn Nature Reserve.
“Muskoka Brewery believes that Muskoka is a special place,” said Gary McMullen, Founder and President of Muskoka Brewery. “Working with Muskoka Conservancy is a natural step for us and we are pleased to be helping care for the beautiful countryside that makes Muskoka so unique.”
For over 25 years, the Muskoka Conservancy (formerly the Muskoka Heritage Foundation and Trust) provides comprehensive environmental stewardship and outreach programs. The first property was donated 23 years ago and the Muskoka Conservancy has been protecting the regions’ natural spaces ever since. Today, the organization protects a total of 32 properties totaling over 1,800 acres of sensitive wetlands, forests, rock barrens, and shorelines. With over 200 active volunteers, the organization keeps its operation costs low and dedicates most resources to stewardship projects, land conservation, and community outreach. Muskoka Conservancy believes in working with community to build and support a vibrant Muskoka that honours the natural environment and the traditions of the area.
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