Funds being raised to protect more of the Minesing Wetlands
Paddlers make their way through the Minesing Wetlands in Springwater, just west of Barrie. – Nature Conservancy phot0
Already one of the largest and least disturbed wetlands in Ontario, even more land along the Minesing Wetlands could soon be protected.
The Nature Conservancy of Canada is raising funds to purchase another 43 hectares (107 acres) on the edge of the expansive wetland.
“These wetlands are incredibly important. They are key in filtering water, absorbing heavy rain flood waters, preventing property damage and protecting local infrastructure,” said Wendy Cridland, vice-president of the conservancy’s Ontario region.
Increasing the protected area will expand the habitat for species such as the rare Hine’s Emerald dragonfly.
… Nature Conservancy spokesperson Nicole Senyi said while Canada is home to 25 per cent of the world’s wetlands, they are quickly disappearing or being degraded through development.
“Over 72 per cent of wetlands in southern Ontario are now gone,” she said.