The park is in a rare ecosystem called an alvar. It may look like an agricultural field at first glance, but in fact, this site is home to special plants built for life on flat limestone bedrock. Plants that are not from Ontario can be invasive and out-compete these rare plants. That’s why park staff and partners came together on a cold blustery day to remove European Buckthorn, an invasive species, from almost 50 hectares of significant alvar habitat!
The day was also about learning the Best Management Practices for Buckthorn. Staff from parks across southeasternOntario and representatives from Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, and Ontario Invasive Plant Council were there learning and sharing ideas while working hard to clear the area of this invasive threat.
Thanks to the Ministry of Natural Resources Biodiversity Policy Section Biodiversity Branch for funding the day.