Intensive human activity has led to large numbers of at-risk species in southern Ontario, where small, unconnected sites inadequately protect threatened wildlife. In northern Ontario, where soils and wetlands store high amounts of carbon, areas with high soil carbon and climate refuges are lacking protection. Ontario’s Polar Bear Provincial Park, alongside Hudson’s Bay, is well-sited with adequate size, connectivity and protection of shorelines. While being an area important to an iconic Canadian species, the park is also protecting areas of high soil carbon.
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