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Tour restoration at Triebner Tract

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
A poster for Triebner Tract tour on June 12 at 6 p.m.


You are invited to join Ausable Bayfield Conservation on a restoration project tour, at Triebner Tract, on Wednesday, June 12, 2024 at 6 p.m.

Triebner Tract is located northwest of Exeter, near the intersection of Bells Line and MacDonald Road.

For map and details, please download the poster – 300 KB (medium-sized) PDF file

At the June 12 event, you will learn about the restoration work that has been completed at Triebner Tract. More than 10,000 trees have been planted there and five acres of wetlands have been restored. Triebner Tract is home to the new five-acre Buttnerut Seed Archive orchard, created in partnership with Forest Gene Conservation Association (FGCA) and other partners. 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation staff, along with secondary school students and other community members, have planted many native plant and shrub species at Triebner Tract.

To learn more about the event, email Nathan Schoelier at 519-235-2610 or toll-free 1-888-286-2610, extension 263. Or, you may email Nathan at

About Triebner Tract

Triebner Tract is conservation land owned by Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) for protection of water, soil, habitat, and passive recreation. 

“Through the partnership of dedicated groups, and the generosity of the former owner, the late Stuart Alexander Triebner and family, we were able to acquire this land, known as the Triebner Tract, in 2009,” said Nathan Schoelier, ABCA Stewardship and Lands Manager.

Trees and wetlands offer many benefits to human and ecosystem health, natural infrastructure, and water quality. Forest and wetland cover is limited in areas throughout the watershed. The Triebner Tract project contributes towards both forest and wetland cover, providing local and downstream water quality benefits.

The Triebner Tract restoration project complements tree planting, wetland restoration, and other projects that private landowners complete each year, working to improve the overall health of the watershed. 

If you are interested in completing projects on your own property, Ausable Bayfield staff are happy to assist with project implementation and applying for funding support.

Conservation lands, owned by ABCA, are open to passive public recreation, including hiking, snowshoeing and birdwatching. 

Part of Triebner Tract is located in the Hay Swamp Provincially Significant Wetland (PSW). 

Triebner Tract is located in the former Hay Township in the Municipality of Bluewater.

The 100-acre Triebner Tract property was purchased by ABCA from the Triebner family in 2009. The property protects 60 acres of mature swamp forest within the Hay Swamp Provincially Significant Wetland Complex.  The conservation authority has restored a mix of wetlands and forests on about 40 acres of the property to enhance the existing natural habitat.

The restoration project was undertaken with the financial support of the Nature Smart Climate Solutions Fund, a Government of Canada’s Department of Environment and Climate Change program in partnership with Conservation Ontario.

This project has received funding support from the Government of Ontario.

The tree planting at Triebner Tract is also possible thanks to funding support from Tree Canada and thanks to contributions from Eco Exeter and Huron County Clean Water Project and a memorial donation, in memory of Terry Blok, to Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation. 

The wetland enhancement at Triebner Tract is also thanks to support from Ducks Unlimited Canada. Ausable Bayfield Conservation Foundation is also a contributor to the forest and wetland project.

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