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The Biosphere Reserve Between Algonquin and the Adirondacks

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Press Release

November 6, 2009

Big Picture Conservation from the perspective of the nearby 1000 Islands-Frontenac Arch UNESCO Designated Biosphere Reserve at next MVFN lecture

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) lecture series “Algonquin to Adirondacks (A2A): Big Picture Conservation” continues Thursday, November 19 with a lecture about the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve located south-west of us. The central theme of the A2A lecture series has been shifting our thinking about biodiversity protection to a broader, ‘bigger picture’ scale than we are accustomed to. During our October lecture we learned about Algonquin Park, the northern anchor of the A2A conservation corridor, from Park Naturalist Justin Peter. This month we are pleased to welcome Don Ross, Executive Director of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve (FABR) for a presentation on this special region located between Algonquin and the Adirondacks.

We are fortunate to live close to a UNESCO designated biosphere reserve such as the !000 Islands-Frontenac Arch, which is one of only fifteen biosphere reserves found in all of Canada (worldwide 553 biosphere reserves are found across 107 countries). The 2,700 square km of the Frontenac Arch biosphere reserve stretches from the St. Lawrence River north to the southern tip of Lanark County and includes over 70 of the 300 km of the Algonquin to Adirondacks conservation corridor. Here one finds the intersection of the broad and ancient Frontenac axis (the granite ridge and important wildlife corridor joining the northern Canadian Shield regions to the Adirondack Mountains) and the St. Lawrence Valley. At this significant crossroads of two significant migration routes for plants and animals, one finds the greatest diversity of living things in Eastern Canada!

The Frontanac Arch Biosphere Reserve organization is designed to meet one of the most challenging issues we face today: preservation of the diversity of plants, animals and micro-organisms in our living “biosphere” through maintenance of healthy natural systems, while, at the same time, meeting the material needs and aspirations of an increasing number of people. How can we reconcile conservation of natural resources with their sustainable use? Biosphere reserves were designed as tools to help reconcile and integrate conflicting interests and pressures that characterize land-use planning today.

How is the FABR fulfilling its goal to facilitate co-operative action toward a more sustainable way of life? Initiatives have included the development of self-guided canoe and kayak routes through the historic 1000 Islands, the Local Flavours Project, and the waterfront living and healthy shorelines program. Most recently, a project was initiated to develop key indicators of economic, environmental, social and cultural health in the biosphere region for use in monitoring the state-of-the-biosphere. Don Ross, Executive Director of the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve, will tell us all about how this biosphere reserve works in his presentation “The Biosphere Reserve Between Algonquin and the Adirondacks.” What might we learn that we could apply to life in Lanark County? Find out at this MVFN lecture, 7:30 pm Thursday November 19 at the Almonte United Church, 106 Elgin St., Almonte. For further information please contact MVFN’s Program Chair Cathy Keddy at 613-257-3089.

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The ‘Algonquin’ in the Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Connection

Press Release

October 2, 2009

Enjoy a virtual visit to Algonquin Park at Almonte lecture by Senior Park Naturalist, Justin Peter

 Photo Howard Robinson, Algonquin Park, 2009

Photo: Howard Robinson, 2009, Algonquin Park

Lanark County functions as one of the links in a continental-scale conservation connection called Algonquin to Adirondacks, or A2A for short. It is somewhat like the Yellowstone to Yukon initiative to conserve Rocky Mountain biodiversity. A2A stretches over 300 km of the Canadian Shield from Algonquin Provincial Park, across the St. Lawrence River, to Adirondack State Park in New York.

The theme of the Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) 2009-2010 lecture series is Algonquin to Adirondacks: Big Picture Conservation. It encourages us to consider protecting biodiversity on a scale broader than we are accustomed to thinking about-planning on a scale bigger than landscape, larger than a national park, greater in extent than the jurisdiction of most land management units.

Algonquin Park, the northern anchor of this connection, will be featured in the second lecture of the series. Justin Peter, Senior Park Naturalist and Natural Heritage Education Specialist at Algonquin Park, will tell us about managing the Park’s ecosystems in the face of real and potential threats to their ability to function. Using evidence from within the Park and beyond it, Justin will also explore the implications of landscape connectivity for conservation of Algonquin, both within the Park and down the A2A corridor.

Enjoy a virtual visit to Algonquin Park from the comfort of a warm room in Almonte and learn about its future and role in the A2A connection from Justin’s presentation, The Algonquin in the A2A Conservation Connection, 7:30 pm., Thursday, October 15, Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St. in Almonte. All are welcome ($5 fee for non-members). For further information, please contact MVFN’s Program Chair Cathy Keddy at 613-257-3089 or visit www.mvfn.ca.

 

 

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Algonquin to Adirondacks (A2A): A Continental Conservation Connection with Emily Conger, President of A2A Conservation Association

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Press Release

Sept 7, 2009

The Lanark County link in the Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Connection

You may have heard of the transcontinental Yellowstone to Yukon initiative to conserve Rocky Mountain biodiversity, but did you know that Lanark County is part of another continental conservation connection? It is called Algonquin to Adirondacks, or A2A for short. The A2A area covers the part of the Canadian Shield that stretches for about 300 km from Algonquin Provincial Park, across the St. Lawrence River, to Adirondack State Park in New York. And Lanark County is a vital link in this conservation chain.

The Mississippi Valley Field Naturalists (MVFN) 2009-2010 lecture series, Algonquin to Adirondacks: Big Picture Conservation, will begin September 17 with a presentation by Emily Conger, President of the Algonquin to Adirondacks Conservation Association. Emily will speak about conservation accomplishments and progress under this initiative, highlighting the role Lanark County can play and the benefits this can bring to individual landowners and the public as a whole.

The A2A vision requires us to consider protecting biodiversity and the integrity of ecosystems on a scale broader than we are accustomed to thinking about-planning on a scale bigger than landscape, larger than a national park, and extending beyond the jurisdiction of most land management units. At this scale, conservation issues can be addressed and projects undertaken using initiatives, impractical locally, but which can provide benefits for those who live here (such as the re-introduction of native species or the re-establishment of natural, large-scale ecosystem-creating processes).

In light of climate change, the focus of the A2A initiative-maintaining a natural, north-south connection as a biological highway-is imperative for there to be the ecological resilience needed for species survival. Learn more about A2A and the Lanark link at Ms. Conger’s presentation, Algonquin to Adirondacks: a Continental Conservation Connection, 7:30 pm., Thursday, September 17, Almonte United Church Social Hall, 106 Elgin St. in Almonte. All are welcome ($5 fee for non-members). For further information, please contact MVFN’s Program Chair Cathy Keddy at 613-257-3089 or visit www.mvfn.ca.

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