Naturalists to set up Lake Superior reserve, downstream of two candidate nuclear waste burial sites (June 2014)

The Thunder Bay Field Naturalists are in the midst of purchasing a large block of land near Terrace Bay to protect as a nature reserve, including a long section of pristine shoreline between the Aguasabon River mouth and Hydro Bay.

The purchase includes 15 small islands just offshore. The 501 hectares of property will be the largest of the clubs 14 reserves, the group announced in a press release Tuesday.

The new preserve, called the Terrace Bay Nature Reserve, will protect a total of 11 km of Lake Superior coastline, and will provide opportunities for low impact recreational uses and nature appreciation.

The new Terrace Bay Nature Reserve will provide opportunities for low-impact recreational uses and nature appreciation. (tbfn.net)

The famous Casque Isles Hiking Trail passes through the parcel and the islands are highly visible from the trail. The protected bays and coves around the headlands and islands on the property are a favourite destination for sea kayakers, the press release continued.

Visitors will see gull rookeries, a heronry, nesting mergansers and loons, raised cobble beaches, Arctic plants, and rare orchids. Several Pukaskwa pits (archaeological features of historic aboriginal origin) are found on the property.

The group noted that Woodland Caribou, considered a species at risk in Ontario, live just offshore on the Slate Islands.

NOTE: The Nuclear Waste Management Organization is studying two nearby sites as possible nuclear waste burial locations. See the Preliminary Study Results for Schreiber, Ontario.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/thunder-bay-field-naturalists-to-set-up-lake-superior-reserve-1.2648543

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