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A2A - Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Association

Town: Lansdowne

Ontario Nature Region: Ontario East

A2A is a broad-based, citizen-driven organization that encourages conservation initiatives on privately-owned lands between Algonquin Park in Ontario and Adirondack Park in the United States. It is a transboundary endeavour aimed at connecting and enhancing habitat over an area roughly the size of New Brunswick. If successful, it will link northern boreal forests with the Appalachian Mountains in the United States, and provide an unbroken expanse of habitat from northern Ontario to the state of Georgia.

A2A is incorporated in Ontario. Its board is made up of directors and advisors who are farmers, trappers, environmentalists, business people, hunters, and landowners, as well as representatives from community organizations, the Mohawk First Nation at Akwesasne, an Ontario stewardship council, a county government, Parks Canada, Eastern Ontario Model Forest, a conservation authority, and the area's United Nations Biosphere Reserve.

At the heart of A2A region, there is a transition zone around the geographical crossroads formed by the southwest-northeast axis of the St. Lawrence River, and the northwest-southeast axis of the Frontenac Arch. It is also the meeting point of five major forest systems. It contains species that have migrated southwest from the Atlantic coastal region, northeast from the southern Ontario Carolinian areas, southeast from the boreal forests, and northwest from the Appalachians. As a result the area ranks second in Canada for biodiversity. Only the small Carolinian patches in southwestern parts of Ontario have greater biodiversity. This transition zone coincides, in Canada, with the area of the newly created United Nations Frontenac Arch - Thousand Islands Biosphere Reserve, which is joined to a similar transition area, in the United States, south of the Thousand Islands.

Visit the Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Association website for more information.

For more information please contact Ontario Nature at 1-800-440-2366 or info@ontarionature.org.

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