What is the Alderville Black Oak Savanna?
The Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna (ABOS) and Tallgrass Prairie is a 162 acre site on the edge of the Oak Ridges Moraine, near the southern
shores of Rice Lake. The site supports two types of endangered grassland habitats: tallgrass prairie and oak savanna. Why are these grassland
ecosystems so important? Much like forests and wetlands, grassland habitats have decreased dramatically. Today, less than 3 % of these grasslands
persist in Ontario and North America. Grasslands in Ontario that have survived are typically small, fragmented and highly degraded. The ABOS site is
the largest intact tract of native grassland habitat left within the Rice Lake Plains (www.ricelakeplains.ca) and plays a key role in the future restoration
of this unique eco-region. ABOS offers tours to schools academics and other interest groups for a small fee used directly for habitat improvement
efforts. ABOS is staffed by qualified ecologists, biologists and technicians who in co-operation with our partners and local knowledge- holders in
support of hands-on and placed based learning experiences around a group’s interests/focus. If you are interested in tours or would like more
information please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Alderville Black Oak Savanna’s mission is to:
• Preserve, restore and expand rare grassland habitats
• Educate and extend related/revenant environmental information to the public and community members
• Provide a high-quality and diverse research site
A brief history of the Black Oak Savanna
The Black Oak Savanna was founded in 1999 with the help of local
artist, Elder and biologist Rick Beaver. The land comprising the ABOS
site was designated for development. Mr. Beaver noticed a mix of rare
plant species that are specific to prairie and savanna ecosystems on
site, and has been instrumental in the preservation, conservation and
protection of what we now know as ABOS.
A brief history of prescribed burns
The Ojibway people, who have inhabited the land for many
generations, knew this region as ‘Pemadashcoutayang’ or ‘Lake of the
Burning Plains. This name reflects the important role fire that played
on these lands. Fire was used in a multitude of different ways, the
most common was to clear land for both agriculture and hunting.
Wildlife was attracted to the new green growth of the grasses that
came after a spring burn. It was this practice, which continues today,
that helped provide conditions necessary for the preservation and
maintenance of ABOS grasslands
Species at risk at the Black Oak Savanna
Species at risk (SAR) are plants and animals of concern because of a decline in their populations and numbers and are at risk of extinction. Alderville
First Nation is home to over 30 SAR and endeavors to ensure that these species have the appropriate habitat, and thereby improving overall
ecosystem diversity, resiliency and health.
For more information visit www.aldervillesavanna.ca
Contact us at 905.352.1008 or email@example.com