When it comes to tree-planting, Sandbanks Provincial Park goes all out.
But did you know this Prince Edward County provincial park rescues trees, too?
The park uses an arsenal of traps, invisible fences, GPS and companion trees to target diseases and insects that attack Ontario trees.
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Today’s post comes from Natural Heritage Education and Resource Management Supervisor Alistair MacKenzie.
The Old Ausable Channel runs through Pinery Provincial Park and hosts an impressive variety of species, many of which are species-at-risk.
But over the past few years, we’ve noticed a lot of extra litter ending up in the channel…
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Recently, Bon Echo Provincial Park took advantage of the bending and dampening properties of trees in order to save a number of them from removal during a construction project. Park Superintendent Clark Richards shares the story.
The challenge? Transporting a prefabricated cabin on a transport truck and trailer to the park.
The cabin had to be navigated through the narrow, single lane campground roads, eventually to be placed on an existing campsite.
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We’re proud to announce the winner of this year’s Ontario Parks Ecological Integrity Award: Yvette Bree, our Natural Heritage Education Coordinator at Sandbanks Provincial Park!
Yvette has given decades of dedicated, passionate service, protecting the ecological integrity of one of our busiest parks.
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Here at Ontario Parks, preserving the province’s ecological integrity is always on our minds.
You’ve heard about our bigger projects, like:
But did you know ecological integrity is part of our everyday jobs?
Check out these five “mini” ecological integrity tasks:
Continue reading 5 small ways we protect what’s precious
Today’s post comes from Assistant Zone Ecologist Jenni Kaija, who shares a story of ecological restoration unfolding at Long Point Provincial Park.
As I made my way down to the sandy shoreline of Cottonwood campground in Long Point Provincial Park, I was overjoyed to spot a huge flock of gull and tern species resting just off shore.
Fall is one of my favourite times to spend time in our provincial parks. Everything was quite peaceful, and the birds seemed to be enjoying the quiet as much as I was.
Continue reading Beach therapy: some TLC for our most popular shorelines
Biodiversity is a big word for the variety of life on Earth.
Biodiversity is you – and every other living thing on the planet. We see biodiversity every day, but it’s more than bugs and animals and trees. It’s about how everything is connected. If we lose one piece of biodiversity, the rest is affected.
Continue reading Why is biodiversity important?
If you’ve visited Presqu’ile Provincial Park lately, you’ve probably spotted staff and volunteers cutting down happy pine trees (during the Christmas season!) and feeding them (*GASP*) into the woodchipper.
You might even have pulled over to ask, in a little Cindy-Lou Who voice: Why are you taking our Christmas tree? Why?
Continue reading Don’t deck the Scots pine for Christmas