This geocache is one of twenty Community Lands GeoPassport geocaches within the South Nation Jurisdiction. For more information on this series of geocaches, please visit South_Nation.
Park on Franche Road, and proceed to the busier Dixon Factory Road to access this forest. The cache is hidden in a sheltered spot on the ground, and may not be possible to find after a heavy snowfall.
The quality of forest conditions is often based on: forest cover – the total area that is covered in trees; forest interior – the wooded area that is more than 100 metres from the forest’s edge; and Forested Riparian Zone – the amount of forest within 30 metres on either side of a watercourse. Riparian areas link water to land and surround waterbodies. They are composed of moist to saturated soils, water-loving plant species, associated ecosystems, and play a prominent role in urban tree cover. People have long relied on riparian areas for the abundant food, water and material resources that they supply. Historically, they provided transportation corridors for travel by boat and were often the only flat areas suitable for building roads, farms and cities. Loss and removal of riparian areas comes with a cost, threatening the survival of wildlife, increasing the risk of erosion and flooding, and impacting ecosystem connectivity across the landscape.
Fun Fact: Canada’s beloved Beaver has a strong presence in this forest – see if you can spot the Beaver ponds along the historical Riceville Ridge.