Total Loss Farm Nature Area
The Total Loss Farm Nature Area is remote from main campus, in the northwest corner of Symons Campus, the highest elevations on campus. There are trails here, and heritage features, remnants of an old farm.
A) Satellite Imagery
1. Created in ArcGIS Pro (click to view full size). The red outline in centre of figure delineates the nature area boundary. Note there are two parts to this nature area, one in the far northwest corner of Trent property (remnants of an old homestead can be found in this area), and the other bordering Water Street/Highway 29 and Woodland Drive (follows a watercourse).
2. Via Google Maps (shows latest satellite image available via Google Maps; will not show boundary).
Location and Use
The Total Loss Farm Nature Area is located in the northwest corner of Symons Campus, Trent University, west of Highway 29 and north of Woodland Drive, with farm fields (outside of Trent property) bounding the north and west sides of the Nature Area. In addition to that corner of Trent University property, it follows a stream that drains the area down to the highway.
Trails, Access, and Points of Interest
Trails cross the Nature Area at several points. A main point of access is north off of Woodland Drive, a little west of Hetherington Drive. The trail runs north from there (visible on the satellite image).
The northern section of this Nature Area extends along the southeast slope of a long ridge, and in the narrow lowland at the slope base. Between the north and south sections is a gently sloping upland, with the southern section occupying a narrow flood plain valley lining the banks of a small, permanent stream, which eventually feeds into the Lock 22 Nature Area.
Ecosystems and Species
There is a wide variety of ecosystems in this Nature Area, from a Red Pine conifer plantation to mixed and deciduous woodlands (mainly sugar maple, ash, birch, and cedar), to swamp.
There is some damage to soil and vegetation from motorized vehicle use, as well as some garbage found on site in the past. As well there are several introduced garden plants that have naturalized and may have impacts on the native species present. Finally, poison ivy is present along portions of trails throughout the Nature Area.
Nature Area History
Much of this Nature Area was once a farm, and there are several rail fences and a low stone wall still present. The farmhouse and outbuilding both were removed long ago, although the house foundation can still be viewed.
More Updates to Come!
Coming soon: maps and physical descriptions of the Nature Area.