The Cora Munn Property is a 76-acre (31-hectare) former farm located within the Cramahe Hills Complex provincial life science and earth science Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI). Known locally as Cora’s Woods, the property consists of a sensitive conifer valley with large, natural cedars and an easterly facing hillside that contains ancient Lake Iroquois beach and shore-cliff features.
A number of provincially rare species thrive in the valley area, which serves as an important wildlife corridor. In addition to containing gigantic cedars, these ravine lands consist of old-growth hemlock, pine, birch, maple, beech, basswood, oak and hickory – trees that would have been logged in the past had the terrain not been so rugged. A reforested cedar grove provides excellent wildlife cover for many species, especially white‐tailed deer. Old fruit trees from the farm have also been retained to provide feed for wildlife. In the heart of this core natural area is the headwaters of the Marsh Creek, which flows into Percy’s Reach and, ultimately, the Trent River.
The previous owner of the property, Cora Munn, strove to enhance the natural features of the property by planting more than 100,000 trees during her ownership. In 1996, she enrolled in the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP) to ensure sustainable forestry practices on the site and reduce property taxes. A MFTIP plan was subsequently approved for the varied forested areas and plantations, which, as per her wishes, encourage a natural progression of the lands to a mature, mixed forest.
In 2011, Munn left her property as a bequest to the Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary Inc. (LPMS), knowing that this land trust shared her commitment to conservation and had a proven track record of stewarding lands in her community. Munn’s dream of legal protection in perpetuity, also part of her bequest, was fulfilled in November 2014 when a Managed Forest Conservation Easement Agreement (MFCEA) between the LPMS and the Ontario Heritage Trust was registered on title. This MFCEA is based on the Trust’s “forever wild” natural heritage conservation easement agreement, but allows and encourages certain activities described in an approved Managed Forest Plan. This partnership between the Trust and the LPMS ensures that Cora’s Woods will be protected forever.