The Norfolk Sand Plain Natural Area

The Norfolk Sand Plain Natural Area in southwestern Ontario is home to more than 45 provincially, nationally or globally rare plants and animals. Long Point Provincial Park is a Provincially Significant Wetland, an internationally recognized wetland under the Ramsar Convention, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, and a nationally significant Important Bird Area. The Nature Conservancy of Canada has been restoring agricultural fields in the area since 2006, improving connectivity between existing core areas. Wetland restoration has created additional habitat for species at risk. In addition to enhancing the climate resilience of the Norfolk Sand Plain Natural Area, the restored wetlands play a valuable role in protecting ecological services in the area. These include maintaining and improving water quality by filtering nutrients and sediment from overland flow, recharging groundwater, holding flood waters and reducing erosion.

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