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Quinte Conservation delivers on forest protection

March 21, 2024  By Ontario Nature

Photo: Quinte Conservation Authority (CNW Group/Ontario Nature).

Quinte Conservation Authority (QCA) proudly announces its contribution of 10,357 hectares of conservation areas and reserves towards Canada’s international commitment to protect 30 percent of lands and waters by 2030.

Commonly known as the 30×30 target, it was adopted by nations around the world as part of the Global Biodiversity Framework at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference (COP 15). The target aims to protect biodiversity, mitigate impacts of climate change and ensure the sustainability of ecosystems.

Based on an assessment completed in partnership by Ontario Nature and QCA, it was determined that 66 properties meet the rigorous pan-Canadian standards, warranting their designation as protected areas in the national database that is monitored and maintained by Environment and Climate Change Canada. Stewarded by QCA, these lands prioritize watershed health and the protection of the area’s natural ecology. Commercial forestry is not permitted.

The celebration of International Day of Forests on March 21st acknowledges the critical role that forests play in sustaining life on Earth. The collaborative effort to get more than 10,000 hectares in Canada’s protected areas database highlights the importance of protecting natural habitats and promotes responsible forest stewardship, especially in southern Ontario where conservation efforts face unique challenges.


QCA’s sustainable management practices are further reflected through Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification for community forests.

QCA’s FSC certification, obtained through the Eastern Ontario Model Forest, signifies its commitment to environmentally appropriate, socially beneficial and economically viable management practices. This includes adhering to FSC principles such as maintaining biodiversity, protecting endangered species, and respecting the rights of Indigenous peoples and local communities.

The natural areas included in the submission encompass a range of Provincially Significant Wetlands and Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest, serving as a vital sanctuary for many species. Among the diverse habitats found within these protected lands, critical ecosystems support numerous species at risk, including Louisiana waterthrush, golden-winged warbler, five-lined skink, and yellow-banded bumble bee.

QCA remains dedicated to upholding these standards and safeguarding ecosystems through partnerships and engagement with local communities for the benefit of present and future generations.

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