After the CRCA was established in 1964, we began our first land acquisitions. Conservation Authorities purchase land for a number of reasons:
- to protect it from being developed (e.g. floodplains, wetlands)
- to undertake water management projects (e.g. dams, flood control structures)
- to preserve significant natural features or to conserve wildlife habitat
- to provide public access to the natural environment.
The CRCA has three ongoing land acquisition programs:
- Marshlands – adjacent to Little Cataraqui Creek (City of Kingston)
- Bayview Wetland – near Amherstview (Loyalist Township)
- Three Lakes Conservation Area – between Graham, Centre and Temperance Lakes (Township of Front of Yonge, Township of Athens).
Marshlands and Bayview Wetland are being acquired for environmental protection purposes. Three Lakes Conservation Area is for recreational purposes.
A number of our properties have been purchased for forestry purposes.
- Clancy (Town of Greater Napanee)
- Bastard and South Burgess (Township of Rideau Lakes)
- Eden Grove (Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands)
- Marble Rock (Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands)
- Larue Mills (Township of Leeds and the Thousand Islands)
- Vandewal (Township of South Frontenac)
We currently own more than 4000 hectares of land throughout our watershed. The location of our land holdings is shown on the Conservation Lands map in the sidebar.