The Haliburton Highlands Land Trust is trying to save turtles in our area.

According to the project’s Wildlife Biologist Paul Heaven, the data from the Turtle Road Mortality Mitigation Project looks good.

They installed a barrier wall and culvert underpass in 2014 on Gelert Road. Before the wall was built, there were nearly 30 turtles on the road during the month of September. This year, zero turtles were spotted on the road where the wall is.

Heaven says the wall performance is still good, and there hasn’t been any holes or breaks in two years of study.

Haliburton Highlands Land Trust Volunteer Sheila Ziman says this research can help the Township of Algonquin Highlands do its conservation planning.

Deputy Reeve Liz Danielsen is amazed on the level of success with this project.