Natural Biodiversity

Awenda is a natural environment class park with an exceptional diversity of plant and animal life. The park is located in the transition zone between Carolinian Canada to the south and the boreal region of the Precambrian shield to the north. Awenda’s wildlife reflects a healthy representation from both regions. The most visible landscape feature is the Nipissing Bluff which effectively divides the park into two distinctive sections, drier sandy upland and cool moist lowland. Microclimates have allowed for the growth of distinctive plant communities above and below the dominant 60 metre bluff. Awenda possesses a large diversity of habitats ranging from coniferous Eastern Hemlock to dominant Sugar Maple-American Beech-Red Oak deciduous forest.

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