Elliott Woods Nature Reserve


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One of the Oro Moraine properties surveyed by Conservancy ecologists belonged to Don Elliott and his brother. Several years later, Don and his wife, Heather, decided to donate this 7 hectare section of forest to the Conservancy for safekeeping in perpetuity. This is a fine example of well- managed upland hardwoods, set within a landscape dominated by forest, including a Simcoe County forest tract immediately to the north. Unfortunately, only a few days after the property dedication ceremony in October 2006, Don Elliott passed away.

Unique features:

  • mature hardwood forest dominated by Hard Maple and a mix of associated upland species
  • considerable amount of Red Oak in the forest stand, which is unusual on the Oro Moraine
  • sandy soils on this site are very well drained, recharging water into the acquifers underlying the Moraine
  • diverse mix of ferns and wildflowers in the understory, especially evident during the spring months
  • this property shelters interior forest breeding birds, including Scarlet Tanager, Wood Thrush and Black-throated Blue Warbler

This Reserve is not open to the public.