INGLIS FALLS MANAGEMENT PLAN
The Grey Sauble Conservation Authority is in the process of developing a Management Plan for the Inglis Falls Conservation Area and Arboretum. This Plan will guide the management of this property over the next 10 to 20 years.
Why we need a Management Plan
Recreational tourism, particularly on the Bruce Peninsula, is becoming increasingly more popular. Due, in part, to social media coverage, many locations within our region, including the Peninsula, are experiencing unprecedented numbers of visitors. The Inglis Falls Conservation Area is located directly on the travel corridor from the GTA to the Bruce Peninsula. As interest in the Peninsula continues to grow, Inglis Falls Conservation Area is expected to continue to experience ever increasing visitor traffic.
The Inglis Falls property, including the Arboretum, are also extremely popular with local citizens, who recognize the value of this unique local treasure.
This plan is required to address future public use demands and to enhanced environmental protection. Furthermore, it is necessary to prepare a comprehensive and integrated management plan for the property that can respond to the changes in the availability of public funds and evolving concepts in conservation and sustainability. The plan is intended to match Grey Sauble Conservation Authority’s vision of a healthy watershed environment in balance with the needs of society.
Since 2018, GSCA has been collecting feedback from the general public, neighbours and partners through an online survey, phone calls and emails.
Throughout the management plan process, we have collected valuable feedback from the public and neighbouring landowners though many platforms, including:
· An initial mailout to neighbours within 2 km of Inglis Falls.
· Social media posts.
· A public survey made available on our website from 2018-2021
· Meetings with partners and stakeholders, including walking groups, Bruce Trail Conservancy - Sydenham Club, Sydenham Sportsman Association, At Last Forest School and Inglis Falls Arboretum Alliance.
· Meetings with neighbours of the property.
· A mailing list subscription for the public to receive updates on the management plan process.
· A postcard mailout to neighbours within 2 km of Inglis Falls regarding the Inglis Falls Management Plan Open House.
· A virtual Open House on May 3, 2021.
· The draft plan and supporting documents were posted on the Inglis Falls Management Plan webpage for comment.
· A more focused survey was sent to the subscription list, advisory committee, and open house attendees