Coming Soon! Salamander Forest is a new Conservation Easement Agreement property
Named after one of the largest sources of biomass, or food, of all vertebrates in our forested landscape, this 158 ac. property is located a few kilometers southwest of Carleton Place. It is an important component of the natural linkage between Pakenham Mountain and Mississippi Lake. Protection of Salamander Forest will enhance MMLT’s contiguous conservation land near the foot of this linkage to 798 ac. (> 1 sq. mi./>3 km2)!
The property protects part of the provincially significant Scotch Corners Wetland Complex and is a regional height of land and the source for creeks draining into Mississippi Lake.
The majority of the land (~65%) is interior habitat (more than 100m from anthropogenic disturbance such as roads or fields). It is largely rocky with thin soils and underlain by the Canadian shield. Fifteen ecological communities ranging from hardwood forest to marsh to butterfly meadow occur on the property. The upland forests are mainly sugar maple, but include white pine forest, mixed forest, and hemlock stands. The wetlands, interspersed with the forest, include species-rich marshes, deciduous swamps, vernal pools, and seepage areas. The property provides habitat for 10 at-risk species and 11 plant species of regional significance.