“Ontario’s goal for SWCR is that these tracts will be a flourishing example of extraordinary biological diversity representing their pre-European settlement natural legacy of ecological communities (including oak savanna, other tallgrass communities, sand barrens, Carolinian forests, wetlands and streams) while protecting their unique cultural heritage and providing opportunities for compatible public land uses.”
Restoring Our Natural Heritage
The Ministry of Natural Resources has established conservation Reserves for the propose of protecting natural heritage in specific areas of public lands, while permitting traditional recreational public land uses that are compatible with natural heritage protection.
The 5 objectives for the Conservation Reserve:
- Natural heritage protection and restoration
- Cultural heritage protection
- Recreational Opportunities
- Educational awareness
- Research opportunities
1. Natural Heritage Protection and restoration
Maintain and restore the native ecological communities (including oak savanna, oak woodland, other tallgrass communities; and sand barrens, forests, wetlands and streams) of the Reserve, and their associates species and ecological processes.
2. Cultural heritage protection
Recognize the cultural significance of The St. Williams Conservation Reserve as part of the first provincial forest station in Ontario.
3. Recreational opportunities
Provide day use recreational opportunities and permit traditional public land uses that are compatible with natural heritage protection and restoration.
4. Educational awareness
Raise awareness of the site’s significance, history, ecological processes, features, complexity, sensitivity, and beauty.
5. Research Opportunities
Encourage research that helps guide the maintenance and restoration of the conservation reserve’s biological diversity using adaptive management.
Learn More about the management plan for the St. Williams Conservation Reserve HERE