A milestone in the development of the new Saltfleet Conservation Area has taken place with the completion of the first of four wetland areas to be located on the upper Stoney Creek and Battlefield watersheds.
The new conservation area re-opened recently for public use and, along with providing passive recreation opportunities, will play a key role in reducing the impacts of flooding and erosion in lower Stoney Creek.
A new trail within the conservation area, named Heritage Green Community Trust (HGCT) Trail, gives visitors a view of the eastern wetland from the berms above them, and connects the area to the Dofasco Trail, a 11.5-kilometre path for both hikes and cyclists. The trail provides access to the Devil’s Punchbowl Conservation Area and Vinemount Swamp.
The named trail recognizes Heritage Green Community Trust’s tremendous support of the project. The Trust donated $2 million towards the acquisition and development of Saltfleet Conservation Area and has pledged an addition $2 million over the next four years toward wetland construction. The City of Hamilton and Greenbelt Foundation are also key supporters of this project.