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Edwards – Kemble : Protecting the Niagara Escarpment

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This is one of four properties in Grey County donated as conservation agreements to the Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy by Gord and Linda Edwards. Over the last year, two of these properties have been upgraded to full fee simple acquisitions! Each property was initially donated through Environment Canada’s Ecological Gifts Program and as such are designated as ecologically sensitive.

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The Property occurs within significant woodland, the UNESCO Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve, and is adjacent to the Grey Sauble Conservation Authority’s Kemble Mountain Conservation Area with two Areas of Scientific and Natural Interest within 3-km. These features highlight the ecological significance of the Property and in turn the rare species it protects.

Hart's-tongue Fern

Hart’s-tongue Fern (Asplenium scolopendrium) has been confirmed on the Property. This species is ranked “Special Concern” by both the Ontario Endangered Species Act and the Canadian Species at Risk Act. In Southern Ontario, this species is almost exclusively found along the Niagara Escarpment. The slopes, thin calcareous soil and hardwood canopy provide the microclimate required by this species. The management objectives outlined in Environment Canada’s Management Plan highlight the importance of maintaining extant populations by reducing threats which include habitat loss and changes in natural processes. All threats identified as High to Medium in this plan have been eliminated through the acquisition of this Property.

Thank you Gord and Linda for your generosity!

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