SNC adds Cumberland Forest to its land holdings ACTUAL I TÉ • NEWS
Province wants you to avoid bear contact The province is warning campers that bears are scouring the forests and that they should be careful when entering a wooded area. Recommended safety precautions include making noise when moving through wooded areas, especial- ly in areas where background noise is high, such as near streams and waterfalls. People should also keep an eye out for signs of bears, such as tracks, claw marks on trees, flipped-over rocks or fresh bear droppings. The province also warns that strong fragrances may cause a bear to be curious. Lastly, while berry picking, it’s recommended to occasionally scan one’s surroundings in order to check for bears. – Francis Racine with three plant species observed that are re- gionally significant,” Ireland stated. “There’s little in the way of invasive species, other than a pocket of buckthorn, which will be removed.” Two birds on the provincial Species At Risk list, the Eastern Wood Pewee and the wood thrush are resident in the forest. Ire- land noted that the woodland, as it is, is a suitable habitat for the two bird species and will not need any special management plans at present to provide suitable nesting and feeding sites.
Cutting the ribbon at the Cumberland Forest presentation are (left) Bill Smirle, past-chairman South Nation Conservation Association (SNC),The NationMayor François St-Amour, HelenMacLeod of the OntarioHeritage Trust, OttawaMayor JimWatson, SNC General Manager Dennis O’Grady, Coun. Stephen Blais, CumberlandWard, Dave Robertson, chairman forestry committee, SNC Chairman Doug Thompson, and Coun. George Darouze, Osgoode Ward.
The forest holdings for a regional conserva- tion group continue to grow. The South Nation Conservation Asso- ciation (SNC) added the Cumberland For- est to its woodland inventory within the 4200-square-kilometre South Nation River watershed. The new 238-acre forest pre- serve, located on Garlandside Road in the old Cumberland Township area, is the result of a partnership deal between the SNC, the City of Ottawa, and the Ontario Heritage
Trust (OHT). “The property is subject to a heritage con- servation easement agreement between SNC and the OHT to protect, maintain and restore the natural features,” stated Saxon Ireland, SNC property and approvals officer, during the June 12 official dedication ceremony. “Without the help of the OHT and the city, purchase of this property wouldn’t have been possible.” Ireland noted that acquisition of the
Cumberland Forest helps expand the SNC’s protected woodland inventory and the re- gional conservation agency’s efforts to try andmaintain and increase forest cover over- all in the watershed to at least theminimum needed for ecological sustainability. The Cumberland Forest contains more than 230 plant species, according to natural history studies, which Ireland noted is “very high” given how uniform the habitat is. “It’s in very good ecological condition,
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