Conserve Genetic Diversity

Conserve Genetic Diversity

(Theme 4 – Habitat, Theme 6 – Natural Capital)

Organization: Forest Gene Conservation Association

Timeline for Completion: Ongoing


Ontario’s Forests are diverse and locally adapted to withstand threats and provide many local benefits. Some trees die, but species survive and the forest survives.

Genetic diversity is the foundation of biodiversity, although too often ignored. For three important reasons, we need to better understand it as we manage our native forests:

For ecosystem services – Our forest ecosystems provide many essential services across most of southcentral Ontario’s landscape. Healthy, diverse forests moderate local climate, conserve soil and ground water, enrich soil, and provide economic benefits from logging

For evolutionary capacity – Genetic diversity within a species means that, barring catastrophic events, some individuals will be adapted to withstand pressures and survive, and therefore the species will survive

For economic potential – When we conserve the full breadth of native genetic diversity, we have a greater opportunity to select certain trees to breed for traits which will bring economic benefit


Contact Us:
Coordinator: Barb Boysen

Forest Gene Conservation Association
275 County Rd. 44
Kemptville, ON K0G 1J0

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Project entered on: November 21, 2017 at 12:32 pm

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