A unique Carolinian forest environment

Parts of southwestern Ontario form the northernmost edge of a rich and diverse deciduous forest that extends deep into Kentucky, Tennessee and the Carolinas, from which this forest takes its name.

Carolinian forest in Canada is unfortunately known more for the forces that threaten it than for its incredible biological diversity. Over two centuries of settlement, forest clearing and urban development have spared less than 5% of the original Canadian Carolinian woodland, with much of this fragmented into isolated woodlots of questionable long-term viability. We are grateful for our partnership with the Hamilton Conservation Authority that enables us to have the full use of 72 acres of the Carolinian forest.