Painted turtle. Photo by Cameron Curran

Painted turtle. Photo by Cameron Curran

Conservancy sets its sights on protecting Alfred Bog

February 2, 2021
Alfred, ON

 

Just in time for World Wetlands Day, the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is launching a campaign to protect the Alfred Bog, a key wetland just an hour outside of Ottawa.

Home to many plants and animals, including moose, waterfowl, turtles and orchids, the Alfred Bog is classified by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry as a provincially significant wetland and an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. Many of the species found here are actually boreal species not usually found this far south.

The local community, including the Ottawa Field-Naturalists’ Club, Ontario Parks, municipalities, South Nation Conservation and Vankleek Hill & District Nature Society have worked since the 1980s to protect this special place, piece by piece. The Alfred Bog is the largest bog of its kind in southern Ontario. Bogs take thousands of years to form and store vast amounts of carbon in peat.

Up until now, an important piece of the bog has remained unprotected. NCC needs to raise $320,000 by spring 2021 to purchase the largest remaining private property in the Alfred Bog.

Wetlands support biodiversity and provide key ecosystem services that help slow the effects of climate change. They store carbon, improve the quality of our waters and act like giant sponges, slowing drainage from developed areas, reducing floods, filtering out pollutants and trapping sediments.

Over centuries, many wetlands were drained or filled for agriculture and development, and peat was extracted to be used for fuel and gardening. Today, less than two-fifths of Ontario’s original wetlands remain, with losses in some areas as high as 80 per cent.

With an increase in storm events and dramatic changes in precipitation caused by the climate crisis, protecting wetlands has never been more important. In order to ensure clean drinking water and dry basements for humans, a stable climate and habitat for wildlife, we need to act now to conserve our remaining wetlands.

To learn more about this project, or to donate, contact Pia Kaukoranta Vahabi, senior development officer, pia.vahabi@natureconservancy.ca.

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“Wetlands provide millions of dollars each year in services like cleaning drinking water, purifying air and storing carbon. They are home to many rare and endangered plants and animals, and are critical to our fight against climate change. That’s why the Nature Conservancy of Canada is working to protect Alfred Bog.” – Rob McRae, program director, eastern Ontario, Nature Conservancy of Canada

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The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) is the nation's leading not-for-profit, private land conservation organization, working to protect our most important natural areas and the species they sustain. Since 1962, NCC and its partners have helped to protect 14 million hectares (35 million acres), coast to coast to coast, with more than 84,000 hectares (207,000 acres) in Ontario. To learn more, visit natureconservancy.ca.

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