Founded on December 6 2001, the rare Charitable Research Reserve is a community-driven urban land trust, nature reserve and environmental institute with its headquarters and first three locations comprising over 900 acres within the Haldimand Tract that spans six miles on either side of the Grand River from source to mouth, land granted to Indigenous Peoples in 1784 to recognise their support for the British in the American Revolution.
The rare Charitable Research Reserve is more than an impressive collection of plants and animals. The species diversity of rare is significant for one-third of the plants of Waterloo Region are found here together with 70% of the birds, 60% of the amphibians and reptiles and 50% of the mammals. In addition, about two dozen species of fish inhabit the rivers and streams of rare. This diversity reflects its location along the boundary formed by the Carolinian forest zone of southern Ontario with the Northern Hardwood forest zone of the province.
What makes rare of special significance to Waterloo Region is that its 900+ acres in the heart of the region encompasses a diverse array of habitats and ecosystems in one of the fastest growing areas in Canada. While Waterloo Region is losing natural areas to development, plants and animals at rare are still living in natural biological communities including old-growth forest, riparian zones, vertical cliff faces and wetlands in the protected areas at rare.
These biological communities are associations of interacting species that are cornerstones of biodiversity living within ecosystem structures and underlying ecosystem functions. Each ecosystem holds habitats—an area where a specific organism has all of the means to live and reproduce such as food, shelter and mates. Should a habitat disappear, many species that live in that habitat disappear as well. At rare we are committed to the conservation and restoration of biodiversity in its many forms—species, habitat and ecosystem.
- Benefits of spending a Corporate Work Day with Land Management:
- You will protect the ecological functioning and integrity of the reserves ecosystems, helping to preserve the natural landscape intact and in perpetuity
- Manual labour provides a sense of accomplishment, stress relief and improved mood
- Increased awareness about invasive species, native species, biodiversity, and an increased understanding of why conservation and restoration is important
- Team building amongst co-workers
- Healthy physical activity in the out-of-doors
- Tasks may include: manually removing invasive species, helping to propagate native plants and/or planting native plants
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