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The Ridges Sanctuary

The Ridges Sanctuary




  • Currently a Ramsar Site
  • Listed on more than one “valuable wetland” list by natural resource agencies or nongovernment organizations.
  • Protects biological diverse wetland flora, fauna and/or their habitat
  • Supports significant numbers of wetland-dependent fauna, such as water birds or fish
  • Rare or unique wetland type within its own biogeographical region. (Meeting this criteria would include, but is not limited to, wetlands with unique hydrology or chemistry that make it rare within its own region)

Exemplary Ecosystem Services:

  • Maintains ecological connectivity/cohesion
  • Aesthetic/cultural heritage value/ provisioning
  • Recreation (birdwatching, ecotourism)
  • Aquifer recharge
  • Storm abatement
  • Carbon storage
  • Education


Approximate size: 567

General wetland characterization:

  • Inland Fresh Meadow
  • Inland Shallow Fresh Marsh
  • Inland Open Fresh Water
  • Inland Fresh Wooded Swamp
  • Inland Fresh Bog

Adjacent Water Bod(ies): Lake

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