To ensure accuracy of the carbon storage model, volunteers and staff collected carbon assessment data from various land cover types. Field validation was conducted at Sauble Dunes, Malcolm Bluff Shores, and Kinghurst Forest nature reserves.
Community Science in Action
Our staff trained volunteers in above ground biomass and soil biomass sampling. We then collected data at each site to determine the carbon stored in trees and soils. We collected above ground biomass data by measuring tree diameter and height, and soil biomass data by cores that were analyzed for carbon. Each land cover type has different carbon storage capacities, making it important to sample from all land cover types within the site.
With Canada’s target of 30% lands and water protection by 2030, increasing local support and promoting carbon assessments across Ontario can support decision-making in areas of conservation priority. Addressing climate change through the protection and restoration of conserved lands has a host of shared benefits and addresses the need for solutions that consider the interconnections between climate, biodiversity, and communities.
Feedback gathered from this event will inform guidelines and recommendations on conducting carbon assessments. We will be sharing our results and a Best Practices Guide in an upcoming webinar. Please keep an eye on our events calendar so you don’t miss it! Visit ontarionature.org/events for more.
Thank you to everyone who joined us from the Bruce Trail Conservancy, Owen Sound Field Naturalists, Saugeen Nature, Escarpment Biosphere Conservancy, Ontario Land Trust Alliance, Parks Canada, University of Waterloo, and Nature Conservancy of Canada. And thank you to TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Bruce Power, and the RBC Foundation for supporting the project.
To learn more about our work with FSC, watch our video “Protecting 1 million hectares in FSC-certified forests” and visit our Story Map to learn about FSC designated conservation lands and other candidate areas.
Melissa holds a B.E.S. in environmental studies and geography from York University, and a diploma in ecosystem restoration from Niagara College. She has worked as a Wildlife Technician with a focus on Ontario's reptiles and amphibians, and as a songbird rehabilitator at the Toronto Wildlife Centre. Melissa has a passion for education and engagement, and has worked in multiple outreach and education roles. When she's not exploring nature, she's reading or practicing dance.