1. Burning Kiln Winery & Long Point Eco-Adventures

The Burning Kiln Winery and Long Point Eco-Adventures – a “destination full of wine and adventures” joined the ALUS program in 2011 to enhance their existing stewardship projects and to add new tallgrass prairie and windbreak projects. 

The photo just below and on the right shows wild ducks resting on the Burning Kiln Winery wetland, spring 2013.

The mixed hardwood windbreaks were implemented through a partnership with Norfolk County’s Trees for Roads program in 2012, and stretch along the roadside, occupying approximately 0.25 acres, and 0.2 acres. The species mix planted includes Butternut Hickory, Kentucky Coffee Tree, Tulip, Red Oak, Black Oak, American Chestnut, and Sycamore. On the fragile sand plain of Norfolk County, windbreaks are vital to the control of wind and water erosion while providing wildlife corridors between significant natural features.

Burning Kiln Winery and Long Point Eco-Adventures restored former agricultural land with tallgrass prairie and tree planting complementing a wetland that they created. These projects, completed since 1990, were recognized by ALUS upon joining the ALUS program in 2011. To enhance the site further, two tallgrass prairie with forbs projects were added in 2011, and another tallgrass prairie with forbs project was added in 2012. Together these projects span approximately 7 acres, and the prairie mix included Indian grass, Switchgrass, Little Bluestem, and Big Bluestem. The forb mix used for these projects included: Round-headed Bushclover, Showy Tick-trefoil, Panicled Tick-trefoil, Sweet Ox-eye, Hoary Vervain, Brown-eyed Susan,Virginia Mountain Mint, New Jersey Tea, Evening Primrose, Hairy Beard-tongue, Foxglove Beard-tongue, Butterfly Weed, Wild Bergamot, Early Goldenrod, Grey Goldenrod, Sky Blue Aster, and Flat-topped Aster.

These projects provide a wide range of habitat for many species at risk in Norfolk County. Restored tallgrass prairie ecosystems will support a variety of species including many listed as endangered. This acreage of tallgrass prairie complements the wetland habitat it surrounds. Additionally, tallgrass species offer excellent wind erosion control, and soil stabilization, and will create open habitat for ground nesting bird species on the decline.

Address: 

Coordinates to view mixed hardwood windbreaks: 42⁰41’15.935”N 80⁰21’4.548”W
Coordinates to view wetland creation with tallgrass prairie and tree planting: 42⁰41’23.743”N 80⁰21’1.094”W
Coordinates to view tallgrass prairie project: 42⁰41’29.253”N 80⁰20’57.171”W

Contact Name: 
Denika Piggott
Telephone: 
519-420-8127
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