The Caldwell Lake Nature Reserve
In 2005 the Thunder Bay Field Naturalists were delighted to receive a 106 acre property donation that protects both Lake Superior shoreline and a provincially significant wetland. The property is located in Crooks Township in the Municipality of Neebing. The landowner donated this property (located in prime cottage development country) to ensure the permanent protection of its diverse ecological values.
The Caldwell Lake property includes mature second growth black spruce, cedar and white pine forests. Other habitats are a floating bog mat, a beaver pond and meadow, Lake Superior shoreline, and cliffs. 16 species of orchids grow around Caldwell Lake, many of them in large numbers. Arctic alpine disjunct plants are found along the Lake Superior shore. On the north shore of Caldwell Lake there is an active Bald Eagle nest.
In 2006, TBFN received another donation of a small piece of land, this time on the north side of Caldwell Lake opposite our main holding. Again, the donor wanted to ensure the permanent protection of the land.
TBFN would like to thank the anonymous donors of these properties for their generosity. We also thank the EJLB Foundation for its support of these acquisitions, and the Ontario Land Trust Assistance Program for its help with the associated legal and appraisal costs.