Vernal pools, or seasonal depressional wetlands, are temporary water bodies that form during periods of high precipitation; these natural features provide critical habitat to a variety of plant and wildlife species of concern, including frogs, salamanders, and other amphibians. To better understand how forest management is affecting these important landscape features, Nature Conservancy Canada (NCC) will receive $50,000 over two years to study the ecological effects of different forestry practices. Specifically, hydrological dynamics and biodiversity impacts of common harvest methods will be compared as they relate to vernal pools.
This project will feature cooperation between academic institutions, forest managers, and conservation groups, and presents an exceptional learning opportunity as these organizations share their findings publicly through workshops, reports, and outreach. Study results will play a key role in improving silvicultural practices across the range of vernal pools in North American deciduous forests, including the Kenauk reserve.
NCC’s findings will enhance the ability of SFI Program Participants to implement the strengthened wetland protection requirements stipulated in the SFI 2015 to 2019 Program Standards. More broadly this project supports SFI’s objectives for continual improvement and forest research, conservation of biological diversity, protection of water quality, and enhancement of wildlife habitat.
For this project Nature Conservancy Canada will partner with SFI Program Participant Kenauk Canada U.L.C. as well as Institut des sciences de la forêt tempérée, Centre d’enseignement et de recherche en foresterie de Sainte-Foy, and Centre GEOTOP, Université du Québec à Montréal.
About Nature Conservancy Canada
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is Canada's leading land conservation organization, working to protect valuable natural areas and the plants and animals they sustain. Since 1962, the Nature Conservancy of Canada and its partners have helped to protect more than 2.8 million acres/1.1 million hectares coast to coast. Through strong partnerships, the Nature Conservancy of Canada works to safeguard natural areas so that our children and grandchildren will have the chance to enjoy them.
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