In 1987 a group of local residents founded The Brome Lake Land Foundation to protect nature and wildlife habitat. The Foundation is also dedicated to the conservation of biodiversity and water quality around Brome Lake. The first property acquired by the Foundation was an area of wetland where Quilliams Creek flows into Brome Lake. The Foundation now owns and protects 11 properties covering 610 acres of wetland and forest in the vicinity of Brome Lake. Most of the land was donated by conservation-minded landowners through the ecological gift program which provides donors with a charitable donation tax certificate for the ‘fair market value’ of the property.
A large wetland covering 530 acres lies between Lakeside Road and the old railway tracks (now a multipurpose path), as shown on the attached map. This wetland filters water flowing into Brome Lake from Quilliams and Durrull Creeks. The Foundation owns and protects a total of 280 acres of this large wetland. It hopes that those who own the rest of this important wetland will consider protecting the wetland sections of their properties. The Foundation stands ready to assist and, if desired, to accept the wetland as an ecological gift.
The owners of L’Art de Vivre, a new residential development on the site of the old Foster golf course, have recently donated 80 acres of wetland. The Foundation thanks them on behalf of the wildlife that live in the wetland and their contribution to the conservation of water quality flowing into
The Foundation has 75 Life Members who support the Foundation with annual donations. A $500 donation makes you a Life Member and helps to conserve nature, wildlife habitat and water quality in our neighbourhood.
Development and human activity pose more and more of a threat to the biodiversity of the region. The efforts to protect the biodiversity by the Brome Lake Land Foundation are welcome.
The protected wetlands act as a filter for the water flowing into Brome Lake. Such conservation measures are a step in the right direction to fight climate change.