We have a new visitor at the McLarty Environmental Study Area! The beaver has a well constructed dam situated near our Osprey nest.
The McLarty Environmental Study Area is located on Bruce Road 6/Side Road 20 in Huron Kinloss. It is open to the public to enjoy the great outdoors!
In 2013, Dr. McLarty and family donated fourteen acres of Pine River Flats from their farm to the Pine River Watershed Initiative Network for the creation of the McLarty Environmental Study Area. This area is designed for our community to learn about the Pine River; wetland creation; and the education of the local wildlife and plants that this area supports. It remains the desire of the McLarty’s to preserve this piece of the river flats for generations to come.
PRWIN has installed a gravel trail system throughout the area, created two wetland ponds, planted memorial trees, an osprey nest and planted over a thousand tree seedlings. Community groups have enjoyed outdoor classroom experiences at the McLarty location. The 4H Conservation Club will be helping us with our "Clean Up Day" at the McLarty Centre. Also, the Ripley Horticultural Society - For Our Youth will be stopping by to enjoy nature along the river flats. Local youth and groups are welcome to experience this opportunity!