Heaven’s Gate sale moving forward

A group devoted to land conservation in Ontario is one step closer to acquiring a huge piece of wilderness in the Willisville and Whitefish Falls area south of Espanola.

The Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy announced on Wednesday it had reached a deal for the purchase of the nearly 2,000 acre property which encompasses a portion of the Heaven’s Gate hiking trail.

Conservancy treasurer, Ted Cowan, says they submitted their proposal last Tuesday for $1.65 million and it was accepted.

The property will serve as a link between Killarney Provincial Park to the east and west to the La Cloche Ridge Conservation Reserve forming a 500 square kilometre conservation zone.

The Heaven’s Gate property also links up with a property the conservatory purchased from Vale last year in Willisville to protect the hill that once had a fire tower and is now a popular hiking site.

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