Salamander Monitoring

The Long Point Region watershed lies within the heart of the Carolinian Forest Zone, and contains some of the most significant Carolinian forests.  In December of 2002, the LPRCA designated a proportion of its forests as Natural Heritage Woodlands (NHW).  This initiative was identified in 1999 as part of LPRCA’s approved 20-Year Forest Management Plan. 

Using data collected from aerial photos, GIS mapping and field investigations, an external Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) assessed the natural heritage values of several properties using a quantitative scoring and ranking system and then recommended a comprehensive list of candidate sites to LPRCA for consideration.  Criteria evaluated included:

  • No less than 10% of stand consists of Carolinian species
  • Property was inventoried as part of natural areas inventory
  • Stand is at least 85 years old
  • Stand contains “interior” forest, and/or is part of a large forest block
  • Stand has a high conservation rating for vulnerable, threatened and endangered species       
  • Number of unique communities
  • Diversity of plant and bird species

In 2002, LPRCA designated 1,933 acres or 20 percent of its forested properties as Natural Heritage Woodlands.  The sale of Backus Woods to the Nature Conservancy of Canada in 2011 reduces the NHW sites to ten properties (1,145 acres).

The following LPRCA properties and portions of properties are managed as NHW sites:

195 acres
South Walsingham Sand Ridges (Areas of Concern only)
307 acres
Watson Conservation Area
100 acres
Burwell Tract
50 acres
Carr Tract
35 acres
Anderson Tract (natural oak forests only)
90 acres
Harvey Tract
35 acres
Earl/Danylevich Tract (core area only)
105 acres
McKay/Baker/Lipsett/Penner (core area only)
78 acres
Hepburn Tract
150 acres
Harrris/ Harris/ Floyd Tract

The natural heritage approach identifies and evaluates natural heritage values and assesses the status of species and habitats.  This approach to forest management identifies opportunities and actions for protecting significant natural heritage features within specific LPRCA forest properties.  Through the natural heritage value approach, the LPRCA can assume a lead role in protecting and restoring interior forest and mature forest habitats.

The selected woodlands will be exempt from regular forest management operations and will serve as core areas for the protection of rare, threatened and endangered species.