Nature Conservancy preserves rocky wilderness near Kingston

By Tom Spears, Ottawa Citizen, December 5, 2019

The Nature Conservancy of Canada has purchased 119 hectares of granite ridges, wetlands, stream banks and forests in a rocky area north of Kingston known as the Frontenac Arch.

The area known as the Leland Wetlands, 25 kilometres from Kingston, will be preserved as part of the Nature Conservancy’s Loughborough Wilderness, a collection of protected lands.

The Frontenac Arch is a long, rocky expanse that forms a natural north-south bridge for wildlife between two larger natural areas — Ontario’s Algonquin Highlands to the north and the Adirondack and Appalachian Mountain chain to the south. Such corridors are vital for the long-term success of natural areas as they allow wildlife to move over long distances, rather than being cut off in isolated pockets.

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