Report to the Endangered Species Recovery Fund, World Wildlife Fund, Toronto, Ontario, Canada on the 2000 field season.
Bazely, Dawn R
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1. Southwestern Ontario is the most densely populated, urbanized, industrialized and intensively farmed part of Canada. The remaining natural habitat cover is 5-10%, and much of this has been subjected to intense human-induced disturbance in the past. Conservation and habitat restoration is, to put it mildly, a huge challenge. 2. This report explains the 2000 fieldwork results of 3 projects funded by the ESRF, which comprise the research of 2 York University graduate students, Cecilia Tagliavia and Kim Hynes. 3. The overall aim of the research was to determine how best to restore Carolinian plant communities, specifically Oak Savanna and closed canopy Carolinian forest. 4. Oak savanna is to some degree a fire-dependent plant community. Rare and endangered species (e.g. Wild Lupine and Karner Blue Butterfly) are present and the community itself is considered to be extremely rare in Ontario and globally imperiled. 5. Overall, the 2000 field season has demonstrated that active management efforts in Carolinian plant communities have the potential of successfully restoring and rehabilitating highly disturbed habitats.
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