Just west of the village of Ivy Lea, there are several large marinas – and on one property, a small one. While important to tourism and recreation in the Thousand Islands, marinas can have a large impact on ecology and water quality. The small Blue Heron Marina and property of Douglas and Blu Macintosh play a significant role in lessening the neighbouring marina impacts.

This 47 acre property has a large riverfront marsh that slopes up gradually through swamp thickets of dogwoods and buttonbush into a forest of red and white oaks and shagbark hickory. Currents along the shoreline filter the river water from the large marinas through the cattail marsh – and cattails are very effective at taking up nutrients and chemicals. Blue Heron Marine is quite a different operation, as there is no fuel or waste pumpout facilities. It’s a best example of a green marina, where vehicles can park under the shade of trees, and boaters enjoy turtles basking along the shores, and the choruses of birds and frogs – some of nearly 1,000 species of the property. This property is protected by a conservation easement agreement with TIWLT, an oasis of green that will be protected forever on the increasingly developed river shores of the Thousand Islands.

Fund needed: $19,260

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