Mark Your Calendar!


Money raised will go directly toward paying for the expert witnesses (hydrogeologist, environmental scientist, biologist, planner, etc.) and legal consultants who will represent us at the OMB Hearing starting September 13, 2016 at Wilson Park Community Centre. With your support, we can preserve the Fraser Wetlands!

Proof Positive


Out for a walk the first week of June, some Friends of the Fraser Wetlands spied these Blanding’s turtles near the edge of the Fraser property. Reports of Blanding’s sightings have been around for years. Now we know this threatened species is still living in or around the Fraser Wetlands.

To read more about this species-at-risk and the protection afforded it by Province of Ontario, click here.

Here’s how one member of the FFW Board responded to this latest sighting:

With our turtle friends the Blanding’s

There can be no misunderstandings.

The Fraser Estate property is far too outstanding

To become part of a development expanding

Into wetlands, leaving turtles stranded,

Just reason why FFW together banded.

– Mike Ormsby




Big Island now yours to enjoy, says former owner after donating property to Kawartha Land Trust

(From the Wednesday, May 25, 2016 edition of The Peterborough Examiner.)

1297763069743_ORIGINAL1,100-acre Big Island on Pigeon Lake. Once slated for development, it was donated to the Kawartha Land Trust and will now be preserved in its natural state. 

Dear Pigeon Lake Community,

I am writing to clarify my donation of much of Big Island and surrounding small islands.

I bought the property in March 2011 as an investment. Shortly after buying it I received a letter from Kawartha Land Trust who’d researched the new owner. I then had a chance meeting with the Executive Director. The last developer spent millions on a plan on getting approvals for 95 lots.

Continue reading “Big Island now yours to enjoy, says former owner after donating property to Kawartha Land Trust”

Time to Write a Letter


Burleigh Falls and the Fraser Shoreline. Photo by William Berry |



Letter writing is effective!

During the summer of 2014 many of you participated in a highly successful letter writing campaign. You wrote about your concern for the Fraser property, your objection to the development plan on the table, and you cited the specific issues that worried you most: wetland protection, lake water quality, desecration of sacred First Nations sites, damage to wildlife habitat, noise, air and water pollution, and the danger of increasing the population on an already pressured lake system.

All of your objections were duly noted and became part of the public record concerning the Fraser property development application and the developer’s subsequent launch of an OMB appeal. It was a job well done!

But over the last year, the new North Kawartha Council has been inundated with a host of unrelated issues. Theirs is a busy agenda.

It’s time to bring the Fraser Wetlands back to the forefront and to remind the Council that the protection of the Fraser property is of prime importance.

It’s time to write another letter!

Please click here for a letter writing refresher course and for North Kawartha Council contact information.


Earth Day – April 22


The first Earth Day, held nearly five decades ago in 1970, was inspired by a devastating oil spill and is generally considered to mark the birth of the environmental movement.

Today, more than 192 countries set aside one day every year – April 22 – to focus attention on the need for environmental protection and on escalating ecological challenges all over the world.

Close to home, on the shores of Stony Lake, we think lake water quality, habitat preservation, and a rich cultural history are worth talking about – on Earth Day, on any day.

We hope you’ll join us.

Please click our DONATIONS tab to read about how you can support our legal opposition to the condominium development proposal for the Fraser Wetlands, Burleigh Falls, ON.



Writing a Participant Statement


Are you a Participant in the upcoming OMB hearing (September 2016) regarding Burleigh Bay Corporation’s condominium proposal for the Fraser Property at Burleigh Falls? If so, the following information may be helpful.

Your written submission should be addressed to the OMB and follow the outline below:

  1. Identify yourself (or your organization);
  1. Provide the history of your (or your organization’s) involvement with the issue;
  1. Clearly state your position in opposition to the application;
  1. Provide the reasons why you (or your organization) oppose the application in as much detail as you can – the list of issues could be helpful here;
  1. State your support (or your organization’s support) for the position of FFW in wanting the Fraser Property under a Conservation Easement;
  1. State your support (or your organization’s) for the decision of North Kawartha Township Council to oppose the appeal by the Developer.

The following are two examples of actual Participant statements from OMB hearings. The first is the statement of an individual; the second is a detailed statement on behalf of an organization and includes attachments: (click page 2 to view documents)

World Water Day!


March 22 is World Water Day – as good a time as any to reflect on the value of clean, abundant water and to consider life without it.

Hundreds of millions of people don’t have access to good water, including those who live in one of Canada’s 86 First Nations Communities currently under boil-water advisories, or Flint, Michigan, where bottled water is used for drinking, cooking and bathing.

Water is life. Water is food. Water is jobs, recreation, industry, and nature.

Where would we be without it?