The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust is pleased to announce that the Dahl family, donors of the Dahl Forest, have been officially recognized for their contribution to habitat conservation by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) as part of their Canada 150 Celebrations.

The Dahl Forest is one of only 150 properties chosen nationally to be recognized with this honour. Peter Dahl and his sister Nana McKernan gifted the beautiful property, now known as Dahl Forest, to the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust in 2009.

Their mother, Peggy Dahl, hoped that the family property could be conserved and enjoyed by others who shared her love for nature. The donation, through the federal EcoGifts program, fit perfectly with her vision. Today, the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust owns and provides stewardship for this lovely property.  The Burnt River quietly meanders for 2.7 km through the treed 500 acres. Peter Dahl and his wife Jan MacLennan live in a house overlooking the river  for much of the year.

Marked trails, managed by the Haliburton Highlands Land Trust, wander through the forest and are wonderful for walking, snowshoeing or just enjoying the peace and quiet of the forest.

 “It’s an honour to be so recognized for our family’s gift,” said Peter Dahl. “The piece of land we nurtured throughout my lifetime is now in the hands of the Haliburton community, and it will be preserved as a fine example of local ecosystems for all time.”

The Dahl family planted over 120,000 trees on their property in the 1950’s and 60’s. This effort helped transform the property into the forest it is today.

The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust Board is thrilled that this special property and amazing donation has been recognized at a national level. The HHLT is honoured to provide continued excellent stewardship for the Dahl Forest.

A dedication event is being planned to unveil this award.  The date and time will be announced soon!

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