Conservation of 20 hectares of old-growth forest, first of its kind

Huntsville Doppler
May 13, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: Canada, Canada East

Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve Ltd., the parent company of Huntsville Forest Products and Almaguin Forest Products, has moved to conserve an old-growth forest in Ontario, with trees more than 150 years old. On April 27, The Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) along with owner Haliburton Forest & Wild Life Reserve (Haliburton Forest), announced the first recognized other effective area-based conservation measure (OECM) within a privately owned commercial forest in Canada. It is also the country’s first OECM led by the forestry industry. The South Freezy Lake old-growth forest has been recognized by both the Governments of Ontario and Canada as conserved and entered into Canada’s Protected and Conserved Areas Database. The database monitors progress toward Canada’s target of protecting 30 per cent of its lands and waters by 2030.

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