Help conserve the Minesing Wetlands

Located 15 kilometres west of Barrie lies one of the largest and least disturbed wetlands in southern Ontario. Comprising approximately 10,937 hectares (27,025 acres) of wetlands, fields and forests, the Minesing Wetlands are often referred to as the “Everglades of the North” due to their designation as a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance — a distinction they share with their Floridian counterpart.

The vast collection of marshes, fens and treed swamps support more than 30 at-risk species, including least bittern and cerulean warbler. It is also the only known location for the endangered Hine’s emerald dragonfly in Canada.

Current Priority: Baldwick Bluff

The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) has the opportunity to purchase 32 hectares (80 acres) of forests, fields, wetlands and headwater streams surrounding the core of the Minesing Wetlands. Once protected, this area will act as a protective buffer to the main wetlands – ensuring the wildlife have the room they need to thrive, and assisting in controlling floods and providing clean water for nearby communities. NCC is working to raise $840,000 by June 2020 in order to secure and steward this important natural space and protect it from encroaching residential or agricultural development.

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