Carolinian Canada conservation group appoints new Executive
October 29, 2003, London
Canada announced today they have retained Michelle Kanter, most
recently from the Nature Conservancy of Canada, to guide their
activities aimed at conserving the wildlife and ecosystems of
Canada's most threatened ecological zone, the Carolinian Life Zone—an
ecological zone lying south of a line between Toronto and Grand
"Carolinian Canada is pleased to retain someone of
Michelle's calibre," said Paul Smith, Chair of Carolinian
Canada. "Michelle understands the threats to our Carolinian
species and ecosystems and the importance of working cooperatively
with many people and organizations. She brings a wealth of
experience from her Canadian and international work. Michelle will
guide our new projects promoting a system of Carolinian natural
areas across the zone to conserve our many species-at-risk and
improve environmental quality".
Trained as a wildlife biologist, Michelle has extensive
experience with conserving Carolinian species and habitats. At the
Nature Conservancy of Canada, she worked on acquiring some of the
best remaining natural areas in the region including Bickford Oak
Woods in Lambton County, Clear Creek Forest in Chatham-Kent and
Stone Road Alvar on Pelee Island in Essex, to mention a few.
Working with private landowners assisting them in understanding
the significance of habitat on their properties has also been part
of Michelle's professional work. She was also chair of the City of
London's Ecological Policy Advisory Committee in the late 1990s.
No stranger to the region, Michelle grew up on a 10-acre rural
home base near Dorchester where she got early exposure to
wildlife, wetlands and woodlands. Her conservation work has also
taken her far afield to the tropical forests of northern Australia
and to Canada's high Arctic tundra in the Northwest Territories.
"It is a privilege to join Carolinian Canada."
Michelle Kanter said. "The Carolinian zone is Canada's most
threatened ecological region with great pressures on our wildlife.
I intend to make a difference and help improve ecological health
in the region."
Carolinian Canada is a 20-year-old coalition of 40+ public
sector and non-government conservation organizations aimed at
conserving the wildlife and habitats of southwest Ontario’s
Carolinian zone—an ecological zone lying south of a line between
Toronto and Grand Bend. Prickly pear cactus, opossum, sassafras
and magnolia trees are among the unusual native species found
here, typical of more southern climates of the eastern United
States. The region has the greatest diversity of species in Canada—and
the greatest number of rare and endangered species. The
partnership includes federal and provincial departments and
ministries, conservation authorities, naturalists' groups,
agricultural groups and stewardship councils.
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For further information contact:
Paul Smith, Chair
Carolinian Canada Coalition