This is Walter and Lee Bacon.
Walter and Lee are Conservation Heroes and have been recognized with a Friends of the Credit Award in 2016 for their donation of sensitive and significant wetlands for conservation.
For 17 years Walter and Lee Bacon lived on a large property just south of Orangeville right beside Caledon Lake Forest Conservation Area. They loved to watch all of the wildlife such as deer, foxes, and coyotes moving across the land. When they decided to sell their land, they couldn’t bear the thought that the 32 acres of important habitat for animals and plants might be lost to development. They donated half of the land value that allowed Credit Valley Conservation to acquire the 32 acres of wetland and officially protect it by adding it to Caledon Lake Forest Conservation Area.
Their donation contributes to the protection of biodiversity in one of the most significant natural features in the Credit River watershed. Caledon Lake Forest Conservation Area is now 550 acres, which is more than 2/3rds the size of New York’s Central Park (842 acres), and is mostly made up of Provincially Significant Wetland. The conservation area provides habitat for eight Species at Risk, including Bald Eagle, Barn Swallow, Bobolink, Canada Warbler, Monarch Butterfly, Eastern Snapping Turtle, Western Chorus Frog, and Butternut tree, as well as eight provincially rare species, and seventy-six species of regionally rare plants.
Walter and Lee said that for them a hero would be anyone who protects the lands for the wildlife. When asked why they think conservation is important, they said “without conservation of wetlands and forests we would lose the wild life. We want future generations to be able to see the wildlife we have today.”
You can be a conservation hero too.
Donate to help protect significant and sensitive land and habitat!