Welcome Neighbour!


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Living near one of The Couchiching Conservancy's nature reserves means you get the rare experience of having a sliver of protected wilderness in your backyard. But, it also means that how you care for your property has an impact on the forest or wetland you are neighbouring. 

As neighbours, we both have the collective responsibility to care for our properties. We value the relationships we have with neighbours and we hope we can count on you to respect, be considerate, and of course enjoy the nature reserve that is close to you.  

Together, we can be neighbors in conservation and protect the places we love and benefit from.   

If you have concerns about the nature reserve you are neighbouring please contact Ecologist, David Hawke at steward@couchconservancy.ca.

If you are interested in learning more about the Conservancy, the work we do including events, volunteer opportunities, and ways you can help, sign up to our e-newsletter below. 
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How to Be a Good Neighbour to Nature

Below is a guide of helpful tips on how to help us protect nature you are neighbouring.

Please feel free to print off this guide and share with fellow neighbours in case you are wondering about what we allow on the nature reserves. 


What is Permitted on the Nature Reserves
  • Nature appreciation
  • Photography
  • Hiking
  • Cross Country Skiing (on trails)
  • Showshoeing
  • Dog walking (as long as the dog is on leash)
What is Prohibited on the Nature Reserves
  • Paintball
  • Off leash dogs
  • Feeding Wildlife
  • Collection of material such as picking wildflowers, removal of wood, fossils, etc.
  • Mountain biking
  • Harvesting and foraging
  • Camping
  • Shelters and stands
  • Trapping
  • Swimming

Benefits to Being a Good Neighbour

Increase your property value

Protect important services- oxygen to breathe, clean drinking water, flood prevention, pest control, and more

Access to a protected natural area for exploration and appreciation