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ONCE DISTURBED, THIS TYPE OF ECOSYSTEM CAN TAKE CENTURES TO RECOVER FROM LARGE DISRUPTIONS.

 

Abandoned peat extraction machinery.

RESEARCH AND PROTECTION

Massasaugas were once commonly seen in this area. Today, they are
rarely found. Concerted efforts are needed to ensure the survival of this isolated population.

WAINFLEET RECOVERY INITIATIVES

Wildlife

Data Collection on wildlife in the area
Research on wildlife habitat use within the bog
Population assessment
Indicator and rare species research
Educational material on rattlesnakes

Hydrology

Restoration of more original bog water table
Monitoring water levels

Vegetation

Restored bare peat extracted fields
Restoring bog plant communities
Developing educational tours and self interpretative trails
Monitored vegetation studies during various bog restoration phases
restoration trials

 
Once used to transport extracted peat,
old tracks across a drainage ditch have
since been overgrown by vegetation.


 

Massasauga basking on brush pile
within Wainfleet Bog.

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