There are many great projects serving Eastern Ontario that focus on land conservation and nature preservation. Here are a few highlights:
Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists – BurntLands Alvar
The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) have started a campaign aimed at protecting the Burnt Lands Alvar from development. The Burnt Lands Alvar was designated in 1983 by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as a provincially significant Area of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI, life science). This area is home to a rare ecosystem of flora and fauna known for its exceptional quality, uniqueness and ecological significance.
The Burnt Lands Alvar ANSI is located east of Almonte, straddling Mississippi Mills and the City of Ottawa, on either side of Highway 49. It is an outstanding example of alvar habitat – combining alvar pavement, alvar grasslands, alvar shrub lands, treed alvar and wetlands. Besides its unique flora, the alvar also supports 82 breeding bird species, 48 butterfly species, 98 species of owlet moths, globally rare species of land snail, globally rare invertebrates, and a kind of carabid beetle found nowhere else in the world. Although the alvar is not a prairie, it hosts many prairie species such as prairie sawflies and a thriving population of wingless prairie leafhoppers.
Alvars, which date back to about 10,000 years ago, are found in very few places – parts of Ontario and the U.S. Great Lakes Region, and a few regions in Sweden and Estonia. They are characterized by limestone plains with thin or no soil. Often flooded in the spring and affected by drought in midsummer, alvars are home to a very hardy group of flora and fauna that have adapted to the harsh conditions of the alvar. Our Burnt Lands Alvar is considered the fourth best example in all of North America. Find out more: www.mvfn.ca/category/habitat-conversation/burnt-lands-alvar/what-is-an-alvar
Nature Converancy of Canada – Eastern Region
The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) protects areas of natural diversity for their intrinsic value and for the benefit of our children and those after them. The Nature Conservancy of Canada will lead, innovate and use creativity in the conservation of Canada’s natural heritage.
We will secure important natural areas through their purchase, donation or other mechanisms, and then manage these properties for the long term. There are several local areas in Eastern Ontario protected by the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Find out more: www.natureconservancy.ca/en/where-we-work/ontario
Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust
The Mississippi Madawaska Land Trust (MMLT) is a non-profit charitable organization that works in and on behalf of the people and communities in the region, to preserve ecologically sensitive lands for the long term. As a registered charity incorporated under the Canada Corporations Act, we can work directly and flexibly with landowners interested in permanently protecting natural and cultural heritage, often bringing the support of a number of tax benefits. In addition to working with private landowners wishing to preserve their properties, we also work with volunteers, members, families and friends to provide the best wilderness experiences for all ages. Our guided tours and personal approach bring thousands of visitors from across the country to make one-of-a-kind memories with us. The MMLT is a member of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance (OLTA), a province wide umbrella organization for the several dozen land trusts in the province. Find out more: www.mmlt.ca
Rideau Waterway Land Trust
Acting on the principal that preservation of land in our communities is paramount, the Rideau Waterway Land Trust (RWLT) works with property owners and residents to preserve land for the benefit of the community and for future generations.
The Rideau Waterway Land Trust (RWLT) is a charitable organization established in 1996 with a mission to preserve important natural lands and habitats in the Rideau Corridor and foster a healthy future for our communities. The RWLT is governed by an elected volunteer Board of Directors. These volunteers come from a variety of backgrounds including; land-use planning, environmental management, education, law, finance and fundraising.
The Land Trust maintains a vibrant supporter base, which shares an abiding interest in the preservation of lands within the Rideau Corridor. Find out more: www.rwlt.org