Canada 150 commemorative plaque – Atwater Lake

As part of Canada’s 150th anniversary of confederation celebrations this year, Environment and Climate Change Canada is recognizing a representative group of Canadians who have set aside private lands for long-term conservation, through sale, donation, or conservation agreement. Canada 150 commemorative plaques are being installed on 150 properties across this great country to celebrate the exceptional habitat and biodiversity benefits of the properties.

Shirley McCall Stikeman’s donation of her Lac de La Loutre property, which comprises over 245 acres, was a recipient of 1 of the 150 plaques awarded. Conservation Manitou couldn’t be more proud! This past Sunday we held a small ceremony at Atwater Lake to celebrate this occasion and as well to affix the plaque on a tree near the lake.

Letter received from the Minister of Environment and Climate Change – Lettre Ministre 

 

 

CONSERVATION MANITOU acquires additional land between Lake Manitou and Lake Brazeau

CONSERVATION MANITOU acquires additional land between Lake Manitou and Lake Brazeau
Update on Stewardship Fund Capital Campaign

August 4, 2017 (Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Quebec) CONSERVATION MANITOU is pleased to announce that it has acquired an additional 49 acres of forest between Lake Brazeau and the north-west end of Lake Manitou, for a price of $21,000. This property contains significant wetlands and a section of the historic Laurentian ski trail connecting Lake Manitou and Cornu Lake. The land is adjacent to the 49 acres of steep ridge land donated by Jennifer, John and Dinah Patton last December, bringing total conservation lands held in this area to 98 acres.

“The Patton family is well-known for helping to preserve the natural environment, and we thank Jennifer, John and Dinah for their generous land donations, as well as Rosemary for accepting to sell us her ecologically sensitive backlands.” comments Stephen Takacsy, Chair of CONSERVATION MANITOU. “We are also grateful to Echo Foundation for their contribution towards the purchase price of this property.”

As previously announced, CONSERVATION MANITOU launched a capital campaign to raise a minimum of $400,000 and create a Stewardship Fund to support the ongoing costs of its conservation lands. To date over $200,000 has been pledged by both current and new members. Donors are encouraged to donate before August 31, in order to qualify for the giveaway of a custom Manitou stand-up paddleboard.

CONSERVATION MANITOU is a registered charity and qualified recipient of Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program. Its mission is to preserve and protect the ecosystem and natural environment of Lake Manitou and its surroundings, by acquiring land and conservation easements, either donated or purchased, and providing stewardship in perpetuity. It currently own 655 acres of conservation lands with over 2 kilometers of shoreline on Lake Manitou, Horseshoe Lake, and Atwater Lake. CONSERVATION MANITOU is one of the leading organizations dedicated to the preservation of natural areas in the Laurentians.

To donate please make your cheque payable to CONSERVATION MANITOU and mail to: 1800 McGill College Avenue, suite 2102, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3J6 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Kim Holden – Joseph Graham – Arnaud Holleville – David McAusland – Michael Prupas – Matt Stotland – Stephen Takacsy

Registered Charity No.: 831460936RR0001
www.conservationmanitou.ca

 

 

Conservation Manitou: 2016 Annual Report

Dear Members and Friends,

It is with great pleasure and pride that we present you with CONSERVATION MANITOU‘s 2016 Annual Report attached, and cordially invite you to our 4th Annual Meeting of Members to be held Saturday, May 20, 2017 at 2:00PM at the Ivry-sur-le-lac Town Hall.

Since our founding just over 4 years ago, we have accomplished the following:

1Raised nearly $2 million in cash donations from over 140 members and received $2.9 million in land donations from 6 landowners.
2- Acquired 606 acres of forested land with 4,400 feet of shoreline on Lake Manitou and 2,500 feet of shoreline on Horseshoe Lake.
3- Rezoned 228 acres with the help of the Municipality of Ivry-sur-la-Lac.
4- Created 6 protected natural area around Lake Manitou.
5Limited our operating costs to 1.1% of donations and grants received on a cumulative basis since our foundation.
6 -Become one of the leading registered charity in the Laurentians focused on land conservation.
7-Started building a Stewardship Fund to help cover the ongoing carrying costs of holding our conservation lands.

We have achieved these results with the strong support of our members, the Municipality of Ivry-sur-le-Lac, and other like-minded organizations.

Our conservation efforts, which include ongoing stewardship of our acquired lands, depend on your continued support.

A heartfelt thanks to all those who are helping us Preserve the Future Together !

Conservation Manitou Annual Report 2016 (PDF)

CONSERVATION MANITOU acquires Atwater Lake Property – Stewardship Fund Capital Campaign Launch

December 9, 2016 (Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Quebec) CONSERVATION MANITOU is pleased to announce that it has acquired 247.3 acres located in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, south of Lake Manitou. This property surrounds and includes Lac de la Loutre, known locally as Atwater Lake. This ecologically significant area, with its numerous ridges, hilltops and wetlands frequented by fox, deer, moose and bear, was donated to us by Shirley McCall Stikeman under Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program.

“Our community is deeply grateful to Shirley and the entire Stikeman family for this most precious gift of nature, continuing in the great tradition of conservation inspired by her father Alan McCall. We also thank Echo Foundation for its financial support.” comments Stephen Takacsy, Chair of CONSERVATION MANITOU. “Our community and future generations will benefit greatly from the protection of this unique ecosystem and the large network of trails to be enjoyed on the property.”

As announced during its Annual Meeting, CONSERVATION MANITOU has recently launched a capital campaign in order to raise a minimum of $400,000 and create a Stewardship Fund to support the ongoing costs of its numerous conservation lands. To date over $150,000 in pledges has been received from both current and new members. All donors will receive charitable tax receipts and are encouraged to make donations prior to this year-end in order to qualify for 2016 income tax credits.

CONSERVATION MANITOU is a registered charity and qualified recipient of Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program. Its mission is to preserve and protect the ecosystem and natural environment of Lake Manitou and its surroundings, by acquiring land and conservation easements, either donated or purchased, and providing stewardship in perpetuity. It currently own 557 acres of conservation lands with over 2 kilometers of shoreline on Lake Manitou and Horseshoe Lake. It is one of the leading organizations dedicated to the preservation of natural areas in the Laurentians.

To donate please make your cheque payable to CONSERVATION MANITOU and mail to:
1800 McGill College, suite 2102, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3J6

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Kim Holden – Joseph Graham – Arnaud Holleville – David McAusland
Michael Prupas – Matt Stotland – Stephen Takacsy
1800 McGill College, suite 2102, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3J6
Registered Charity No.: 831460936RR0001

CONSERVATION MANITOU purchases 25-acre Hanging Rock Property

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June 1, 2016 (Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Quebec) CONSERVATION MANITOU is pleased to announce that it has acquired its first property in St-Faustin-Lac-Carré, close to the south-western shores of Lake Manitou. This 25-acre forested parcel comprises a hilltop, wetlands which source a stream flowing into Horseshoe Lake, a local landmark featuring a huge glacial erratic known as Hanging Rock, and a popular section of the local hiking and cross-country ski trail.

“The Hanging Rock property meets all of our criteria for the acquisition of eco-sensitive land, and its purchase is being primarily funded by external sources including Echo Foundation of Montreal and The Gosling Foundation of Guelph, Ontario. We are very grateful for their support in this transaction.” states Stephen Takacsy, Chair of CONSERVATION MANITOU. “While not directly adjacent to the nearby 87 acres donated to us last year, this new property will become an integral part of our Horseshoe Reserve.”

Including the recently announced Atwater Lake land donation, CONSERVATION MANITOU will own 560 acres of forested conservation lands with over 2 kilometers of shoreline on Lake Manitou and Horseshoe Lake. It is one of the leading organizations dedicated to the preservation of natural areas in the Laurentians and is a registered charity and a qualified recipient of Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program. Its mission is to preserve and protect the ecosystem and natural environment of Lake Manitou and its surroundings, by acquiring land and conservation easements, either donated or purchased, and providing stewardship in perpetuity.

To donate to our STEWARDSHIP FUND CAPITAL CAMPAIGN recently announced, please make your cheque payable to CONSERVATION MANITOU and mail to: 1800 McGill College, suite 2102, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3J6

CONSERVATION MANITOU to acquire Atwater Lake Property

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CONSERVATION MANITOU to acquire 250-acre Atwater Lake Property

May 21, 2016 (Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Quebec) CONSERVATION MANITOU is proud to announce that it will acquire 250 acres of forested land located in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, south of Lake Manitou and surrounding Lac de la Loutre, known locally as Atwater Lake. Almost forgotten today, James Sherrard and Lucy Atwater, grand-daughter of the 19th century industrialist Edwin Atwater for whom Atwater Avenue in Montreal is named, were significant actors in the early days of Lake Manitou. In 1918, they acquired Viscount Raoul Ogier d’Ivry’s boathouse at the entrance to Johnson’s Arm, followed two years later by the purchase of what is today Shirley Stikeman’s lakefront property. In 1934, after their just completed fieldstone house caught fire, the Sherrards sold that property to Alan McCall, Shirley’s father, and built a new home up the hill across Lake Manitou South Road. They shared this new property with Lucy’s unmarried sister Edith Atwater. Edith took a fancy to the small lake up at the back of the property and built a cabin on what local residents called Miss Atwater’s Lake. After passing through several hands and becoming known as Levesque’s Farm, Shirley Stikeman had the foresight to acquire the former Sherrard property in 1998, and is now donating 250 acres of it to CONSERVATION MANITOU under Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program.

Going forward, Atwater Lake, officially called Lac de la Loutre, and its surroundings which are frequented by deer, moose and bear, will become an ecologically significant conservation area. “Shirley Stikeman is continuing the tradition of land conservation inspired by her father Alan McCall by entrusting us with the preservation of this important part of our local ecosystem.” declares Stephen Takacsy, Chair of CONSERVATION MANITOU. “Our community is deeply grateful to Shirley for this incredible act of generosity which will benefit generations to come.”

Including the above, CONSERVATION MANITOU will own 535 acres of forested conservation lands with over 2 kilometers of shoreline on Lake Manitou and Horseshoe Lake. It is one of the leading organizations dedicated to the preservation of natural areas in the Laurentians and is a registered charity and a qualified recipient of Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program. Its mission is to preserve and protect the ecosystem and natural environment of Lake Manitou and its surroundings, by acquiring land and conservation easements, either donated or purchased, and providing stewardship in perpetuity.

To donate please make your cheque payable to CONSERVATION MANITOU and mail to: 1800 McGill College, suite 2102, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3J6

Conservation Manitou – 2015 Annual Report

Dear members and friends of Conservation Manitou:

2015 was a very active year. We acquired 188 acres by way of land donations under the Ecological Gifts Program thanks to the generosity of the Culver, Dobell, McCall and Stikeman families. Subsequently, the McCall Island Foundation transferred its 17-acre island to us, bringing our total land holdings to 285 acres. This transfer required the consent of Nature Conservancy of Canada, which is a strong endorsement of our preservation work. Our conservation lands are located in three key areas: the Townsend Nature Preserve on Lake Manitou’s north-eastern shore; the Powell Reserve along Chemin Fyon on the north side; and the Horseshoe Reserve between Horseshoe Lake and Lake Manitou’s south-western shore. With more acquisitions planned, we are launching a capital campaign to repay the balance due on land purchased for the Townsend Nature Preserve and to build a stewardship fund. Over 130 donors have contributed more than $1.7 million, and our goal is to raise another $400,000. We particularly need the financial support of those who have not yet donated but who are benefiting from our conservation efforts. For its part, the municipality of Ivry-sur-le-Lac has helped lower our operating costs by rezoning our properties which reduces our taxes. Ivry’s councillors understand the importance and benefits of protecting our “natural capital” and are inspiring other municipalities to do the same.

We thank all of our donors for their generosity and support, and hope to see you at our 3rd Annual Meeting on Saturday May 21 at 2pm at the Ivry town hall. Please see attached our Annual Report below. 

Conservation Manitou Annual Report 2015 (PDF)

CONSERVATION MANITOU acquires McCall Island

CONSERVATION MANITOU acquires McCall Island 

January 31, 2016 (Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Quebec) CONSERVATION MANITOU is pleased to announce that it has acquired the 17-acre McCall Island located in the south-eastern arm of Lake Manitou. Formerly known as Beaver Island, The Manitou Club purchased it from Viscount Raoul Ogier d’Ivry circa 1905. It was eventually acquired by Alan McCall after passing through the hands of Canadian Pacific Railway which was rumored to have had plans to build a hotel on the island. The island was later transferred to The McCall Island Foundation in order to preserve it in perpetuity as a wildlife sanctuary for the benefit of local residents. The island was once served by a foot bridge leading to a bathhouse and hiking trail. The transfer from The McCall Island Foundation to CONSERVATION MANITOU required the consent of Nature Conservancy of Canada which was named as transferee in the trust deed.

“We are once again grateful to Shirley Stikeman and David McCall, as well as the other trustees of The McCall Island Foundation, for handing us this precious gift that the late Alan McCall preserved for our community.” declares Stephen Takacsy, Chair of CONSERVATION MANITOU. “Receiving the consent of Nature Conservancy of Canada is a strong endorsement of our preservation work and shows a spirit of cooperation between two like-minded organizations.”

CONSERVATION MANITOU now owns 237 acres of forested conservation lands with over 2 kilometers of shoreline on Lake Manitou and Horseshoe Lake. It is one of the leading organizations dedicated to the preservation of natural areas in the Laurentians and is a registered charity and a qualified recipient of Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program. Its mission is to preserve and protect the ecosystem and natural environment of Lake Manitou and its surroundings, by acquiring land and conservation easements, either donated or purchased, and providing stewardship in perpetuity.

To donate please make your cheque payable to CONSERVATION MANITOU and mail to:
1800 McGill College, suite 2102, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3J6
Registered Charity No.: 831460936RR0001

                                                         www.conservationmanitou.ca

CONSERVATION MANITOU acquires 140 Acres of Forest

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CONSERVATION MANITOU acquires 140 Acres of Forest

July 8, 2015 (Ivry-sur-le-Lac, Quebec) – CONSERVATION MANITOU is pleased to announce thatit has completed the acquisition of nearly 140 acres of forested land on the north side and on the southwestern shore of Lake Manitou, and on the north shore of Horseshoe Lake, by way of donations under Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program. The properties acquired include prominent hilltops and ridges, wetlands and streams feeding into both lakes, as well as nearly 2,500 feet of boggy waterfront on Horseshoe Lake and over 1,000 feet of steep shoreline on Lake Manitou. “We are very grateful to the late Tony Dobell, as well as Shirley Stikeman and David McCall, for entrusting us with the preservation and stewardship of these ecologically sensitive lands which include shoreline on vulnerable Horseshoe Lake, the largest body of water flowing into Lake Manitou” states Stephen Takacsy, Chair of CONSERVATION MANITOU. The lands also feature a section of the historic Laurentian ski trail which will also be preserved.

CONSERVATION MANITOU has received financial donations, pledges and grants totalling over $1.7 million and land donations valued at $2 million which have enabled it to acquire a total of 220 acres of forest and 1.3 miles of lakefront to date. “We have accomplished this together with the participation of our 120 members, the generosity of several families who have donated important parcels of land, as well as the support and vision of the municipality of Ivry-sur-le-Lac. This has been a true community effort and a testament to the strong values we share towards the protection of our natural environment. We anticipate more projects to come and hope to increase our membership while raising additional funds to cover future acquisition costs and ongoing stewardship expenses” explains Stephen Takacsy. “Conservation is an investment in our future, and preserving natural capital protects the health of our ecosystems as well as contributes to the long term wealth of our communities.”

CONSERVATION MANITOU is one the leading organizations dedicated to the preservation of natural areas in the Laurentians. It is a registered charity and a qualified recipient of Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program. Its mission is to preserve and protect the ecosystem and natural environment of Lake Manitou and its surroundings, by acquiring land and conservation easements, either donated or purchased, and providing stewardship in perpetuity.

To donate please make your cheque payable to CONSERVATION MANITOU and mail to: 1800 McGill College, suite 2102, Montreal, Quebec H3A 3J6
Registered Charity No.: 831460936RR0001
www.conservationmanitou.ca