The Cedar Haven forest hosts an abundance of diverse habitat — upland Hemlock, moist Cedar forest, and mixedwood swamp to name a few. In order to understand our forest and conserve it, we began with a Forest Inventory, which identifies the tree species composition and basal area of the forest. We also performed an assessment called Ecological Land Classification (ELC) in order to understand the smaller ecological communities that exist in our forest. The first step is to record all the plant species in an area, their abundance, and the soil type. Our team is then able to map out different ecological communities using the dominant vegetation, which corresponds to a particular ecological community under the ELC system.
At Cedar Haven our main goal is conservation and recreational use for educational programming. This involves creating a comprehensive report on the details of our property, establishing the goals we have for its management and compiling relevant ecological information.