At the time of settlement, south-western Ontario had 82,000 hectares of prairies and savannah located around the Lake St. Clair, Norfolk Sand Plain and Rice Lake regions. Now only 2,200 hectares, or 2-3% of the original area remains, which continues to be threatened by development, invasive species and succession. Grasslands can still be found along the Oak Ridges Moraine and the Niagara Escarpment. The Coalition on the Niagara Escarpment’s AGM and Escarpment Celebration Day are this Sunday (www.niagaraescarpment.org/index.php?option=com_content&am...). To learn more about Ontario’s prairie and savannah habitats, click here: viewer.zmags.com/publication/6aa599ac#/6aa599ac/64.
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