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5 things you may not know about forests

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Oak trees in High Park; Credit: Felipe Villegas

I’ve always been enchanted by forests: the delicate understory flowers, the smell of decomposing wood, the sound of leaves blowing in the wind—it’s magical! As a child, I spent hours running in the woods, imagining myself as Disney’s Pocahontas, naming my favourite trees and befriending squirrels and chipmunks. After studying forest conservation, my passion has become an academic interest.

To celebrate the International Day of Forests (March 21, 2017), I’m sharing some of the things I’ve learned about forests, both as a student and as a naturalist:

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Stand up for the Greenbelt and stop sprawl for good!

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An aerial perspective overlooking the Oak Ridges Moraine, Credit: Bill Lishman

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Decisions on the future of the Greenbelt are about to be made

The Premier and Cabinet are about to make final decisions on the updated Oak Ridges Moraine, Greenbelt, Niagara Escarpment and Growth Plans. They have a big choice to make: protect water sources, sensitive natural areas, and farmland in and around the Greenbelt or allow developers to pave over these areas for years to come.

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Expanding and improving habitat along Bauman Creek: a cold-water stream restoration story

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The channelized portion of Bauman Creek immediately downstream of Blair Road in Cambridge, where the water first enters Blair Flats. Credit: J. McDonald

With the support of the Loblaw Water Fund, rare undertook a restoration of Bauman Creek, a cold water stream located on rare property.

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Top 4 reasons why vernal pools merit our attention on World Wetlands Day

Vernal Pool; Credit: Scott Gillingwater

Vernal pool; Credit: Scott Gillingwater

In honour of World Wetlands Day on February 2, let’s pay tribute to vernal pools. Due to their small size and transient nature, vernal pools are a type of wetland that is easily overlooked. While brimming with water in spring, they may be nothing more than a dry, isolated, depression on the forest floor by summer.

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Antler flies and the moose antler – an ecosystem unto itself!

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You’re out for a walk in the woods and come across a dropped moose antler. In your excitement you pick-up the hefty piece of bone and think about taking it home, mounting it on your wall, placing it on the mantelpiece, or stashing it in the garage to collect dust, but is that really a good idea?

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Municipal politics all wet when it comes to wetlands

Credit: Tim Hagen

Credit: Tim Hagen

It seems like wetlands still can’t get any respect from many municipal politicians in Southern Ontario. A case in point: The Town of Georgina in York Region is bending over backward to ensure 30-year-old development approvals for a mobile home park that would destroy a provincially significant wetland are not extinguished.

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Greenbelt hanging in the balance

Add your voice to grow the Greenbelt and stop decades-old sprawl

Last Chance to Defend the Greater Golden Horseshoe

This petition is now closed.

End date: Oct 31, 2016

Signatures collected: 2252

Signature goal: 800

2,252 signatures

Now is our final chance to tell the Ontario government to take the lead to protect the water, nature and communities of the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). Important decisions will be made in the coming months. Add your voice by telling the government you want a stronger landscape, stronger laws and a stronger legacy for this region.

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Enter the Lost World of the Future Sydenham River Nature Reserve

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Since 1961, we’ve been protecting significant natural areas in Ontario within our nature reserve system. With 24 properties totalling 6,890 acres, the system preserves some of the province’s best remaining examples of imperilled and vulnerable habitats. This year, we’re focused on saving another spectacular piece of land that will become Ontario Nature’s first riverine nature reserve!

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