The Patrick W.E. Hodgson Property is 43 hectares located in the southeast corner of the Minesing Wetlands. Much of the property is and has been historically used as farmland, apart from the 20% that remains natural habitat. Restoration efforts (tree planting, meadow enhancement, etc.) will increase biodiversity to the property and habitat connectivity to the surrounding area, which will benefit a number of important species that inhabit this special place. The Minesing Wetlands complex is one of the largest (9,330 hectares) and least disturbed wetlands in southern Ontario. Since 1974, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its partners have protected close to 10,000 acres (4,047 hectares) of significant habitat in Minesing Wetlands. This rare marsh, swamp, fen and river habitat is home to many nationally listed species at risk, including turtles, reptiles and amphibians and wide-ranging mammals such as moose, fisher, American black bear and Canadian lynx.