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written by Gary Bugg
Visitors to the Lone Pine Marsh can now take advantage of the new viewing platform which was completed in early June 2017. Made possible through Trillium Foundation funding, the construction began with hired installation of four concrete base columns in 2016. The wooden structure was started in May 2017 and features a 10’ by 10’ Trex covered viewing platform which is raised more than six feet above marsh shoreline. At this height it is possible to view all parts of the marsh.
Construction was carried out by volunteers Tim Whitehouse, Rob Kennedy, James Munn, Doug McRae, Jim Moore and Gary Bugg. Special thanks go to Bill Wilson for his design advice and to Marg Fleming for co-ordinating the base installation. Thanks also to Paul Steels and Helmut Enns for the use of their generators.
On June 11, the board of directors and members of Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary met at the Braham tract for a walk of the property (and introduction to new trails) followed by lunch, a special meeting, and the annual general meeting.
At the Special Meeting, new by-laws were passed (with amendments) and the name was officially changed to Lone Pine Land Trust. Since the addition of the Wilkinson, Kennedy, and Munn tracts to the original marsh (Braham tract), our land ownership in the watershed of Cold and Marsh Creeks has increased to a total of 371 acres. The addition of “Land Trust” to our name immediately tells people what our organization is about. To simplify the name, we dropped “Marsh Sanctuary” from the title; we will continue to focus on acquiring wetlands and lands adjacent to the creeks and be a sanctuary to the indigenous organisms of the area.