McMaster University recognizes that the University and surrounding Hamilton area, including their nature spaces, are situated on traditional territories shared between the Haudenosaunee confederacy and Anishnaabe nations. These lands are protected by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum belt. The wampum uses the symbolism of a dish to represent the territory, and one spoon to represent that the people are to share the resources of the land and only take what they need.
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McMaster Forest Nature Preserve

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Located on Lower Lions Club Rd, about 20 min bus ride from McMaster University, is a 115-acre plot of land known as McMaster Forest Nature Preserve. This area, purchased by the university in the late 1960’s, is being used as a conservation and research forest. Over the past few years many of the invasive species in the area, such as the Buckthorn, have been removed and replaced by natural prairie grasses which are now starting to come out and spread in the area.

For those looking to get their hike on, McMaster Forest is also host to a loop recreational trail that goes far back into its woods and emerges near the start. The recreational trail, however, is unmaintained so caution is required in some areas.

Please note: Important research projects are being conducted within McMaster Forest. For this reason, we ask visitors to respect the area and stay on posted trails so as not to disturb the research taking place. If you see any vandalism or research materials broken please report it to McMaster security immediately. Off leash dogs, bikes, camping, and plant collecting are strictly prohibited.

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McMaster Forest Nature Preserve

1105 Lower Lions Club Rd, Hamilton, ON L9H 5E3, Canada

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