To qualify for conservation, based on the MMLT’s vision and goals, a land parcel must meet the following criteria:
1. Wilderness Quality: High wilderness quality or potential for wilderness restoration.
2. Old Growth: Old growth and near old growth forests with snags, canopy development
3. Quality of Ecodiversity and Biodiversity: Exceptionally rich ecodiversity (different habitats) and biodiversity (different species)
4. Provincial or Federal Ecological Classification: Provincially Significant Wetlands, Areas of Natural and Scientific Interest
5. Rare Species: Lands where regionally, provincially or nationally rare species are found (alvars or calcareous seeps along lake and river shorelands, native Jackpine forests with their wild blueberry and sometimes prairie species).
6. Regionally Rare Ecosystems: Bogs and Fens (these are rare in the MMLT catchment and often contain regionally rare species including species such as orchids, pitcher plants, sedges and many others)
7. Quality Marsh and Swamp Ecosystems: Those with provincially or federally rare or threatened species, such as terns, herons, amphibians, fish, turtles.
SIZE AND LOCATION:
1. Enlarge Protected Lands:
- Lands adjacent to MMLT protected lands
- Lands adjacent to other protected areas that significantly enhance the ecodiversity and biodiversity of the protected area
- Corridors that connect areas of high ecodiversity or biodiversity
2. Proximity to Urban Areas: Quality natural areas within the MMLT catchment area close to larger towns (Carleton Place, Arnprior, Almonte, Lanark, Perth or the City of Ottawa) and which would be suitable for outdoor education and nature appreciation activities through trail and facility development and other means.
3. Ease of Access to Property: Properties with road frontage or unrestricted access via public lands are preferred since locked properties can present significant issues regarding right-of-way for monitoring, public events, etc.
4. Size: Large properties (500 acres or more) are given high priority.