Connecting people with nature in Ontario's Mississippi Valley

Local Habitats

 

Here is a great guide to Lanark County’s wonderful wild places prepared by Dr. Paul Keddy, an ecologist residing in Lanark County and MVFN member. He has listed and mapped some 30 local ‘gems’ based in part on information from his book ‘Earth, Water and Fire’, information by David White, botanist, Lanark County, and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Keddy 2019 Green Gems The Lanark Era Nov 2019

These special places include various types of wetlands, woodlands and Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest (ANSI), or a combination of these; they provide habitat for many important species that still make their home in Lanark.

Some of these may be familiar to you: Purdon Conservation Area for its orchids and the Burnt Lands Alvar for its interesting geology and rare plants.  Based on the map, you may want to explore more of these gems.

Another gem is the Wolf Grove wetland complex near Almonte; it  is listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature; the Nature Conservancy of Canada owns  225 acres of land here that includes poison sumac at its most northerly range.