Conservation Practices on Pelee Island
From travelling differently to growing food differently, Islanders live differently. In an area of Ontario under intense human development pressure, Pelee Island has managed to retain large portions of its natural heritage. The following are just a few of the conservation projects underway on Pelee Island.
The savannas, forests and regenerating fields of Pelee Island currently make up almost 25 percent of the Island’s total area, giving a home to many species at risk that have long since vanished from the Ontario mainland.
Today, many sites on the Island are still preserved because of the will of local residents and their inherent connection to the Island’s natural heritage. The tradition of conservation on Pelee Island has been illustrated by the local municipal government in their effort to support natural heritage preservation.
Alongside the Nature Conservancy of Canada, Ontario Parks, the Essex Region Conservation Authority, and Ontario Nature, the Township of Pelee and the residents of Pelee Island have been leaders in the field of habitat conservation making life better for both humans and wildlife.
Please visit www.pelee.org for more information about these protected spaces.
Meadowlark Organic Farm
Meadowlark Organic Farm is a program of the Pelee Island Heritage Centre, which fosters the on-going expansion of alternative and organic agriculture. Meadowlark aims to support local healthy food production and bring more economic opportunity to the Island while supporting local wildlife.
Native Tree Nursery
In 2007 and 2008, the Pelee Island Heritage Centre, in cooperation with Meadowlark Organic Farm, is establishing an on-island native tree nursery. This nursery is critical to the planned restoration of native habitats on Nature Conservancy of Canada properties. It will also encourage and support private land stewardship initiatives, and local development proposals.
Invasive Species Control
In 2007 and 2008, the Nature Conservancy of Canada will be implementing an ambitious Garlic Mustard control protocol on NCC lands. In recent years Garlic Mustard has established itself as a dominant and very destructive species in many of Pelee’s forested communities. A noxious invasive plant which was introduced from Europe in the 19th Century, Garlic Mustard overwhelms native habitats that are home to many Species at Risk.