2008 AnnUAl rePorT
Letter from the executive Director
in 1992, conservationists, educators, silent sport enthusiasts and research scientists created the Algoma
Highlands Conservancy (AHC), a private, bi-national, non-profit land trust. Their mission to conserve and enjoy
the ecological and recreational attributes of the Algoma Highlands, a vast, semi-wilderness area just north of
sault ste. marie, ontario, is even stronger today. This Canadian shield region contains ecologically significant
plant and animal communities, a world-class network of cross-country ski trails managed by stokely Creek
lodge and scenic King mountain, which rises more than 300 metres (1,000 feet) above the surrounding
topography. Currently, the AHC directly influences a land base of approximately 240 hectares (590 acres),
including ownership of the scenic robertson Cliffs, an important nesting area for peregrine falcons, as well as
a significant conservation easement on land adjacent to stokely Creek lodge.
The AHC achieved a critical turning point in late 2007 when it forged a three-way agreement with Astina
Forest Ag, an area landowner, and stokely Creek lodge. This partnership gives the AHC and stokely
Creek lodge a 10-year license for the exclusive use of the 3,500-hectare (8,600-acre) stokely trail
system for silent sport recreation. Furthermore, the AHC was extended a two-year option to purchase
1,050 hectares (2,600 acres) of land between stokely Creek lodge and the robertson Cliffs, including
King mountain. The purchase price is $1.5 million; all available AHC funds and donations received in
2008 and 2009 will be applied to this purchase. success will guarantee the long-term protection of a
1,200-hectare (3,000-acre) land base for conservation, silent sport recreation, education and research.
However, the window on this option to purchase expires in october 2009. The AHC is relying on private
and organizational donations to complete this landmark purchase.
The AHC is the only organ