Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve
Initially nominated by the community in 2000, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve was designated as Canada's 12th biosphere reserve by the UNESCO "Man and the Biosphere" programme in November 2002. It was re-designated in 2007, with a larger land area including Frontenac Provincial Park. The biosphere reserves overlaps with the traditional territories of the Anishinaabe (Algonquin) and Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) lands and covers a region from Brockville and Gananoque, extending north of Kingston including Harrowsmith, Verona and Westport. It encompasses and area of approximately 2700 sq. km.
The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Reserve is one of the 18 biosphere reserves within Canada. In 1996, representatives from Canadian biospheres came together to form the Canadian Biosphere Reserves Association (CBRA). Their purpose is to provide support to all Canadian biosphere reserves and act as representation in higher levels of the Man and the Biosphere Programme.
Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network (FABN)
The biosphere reserve designation is administered by the non-profit Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network. Governed by a volunteer board of directors, the Network works with local federal and provincial parks, local Indigenous Nations and individuals, conservation authorities, land trusts, municipalities, community and environmental organizations to fulfill the mandates of the Man and the Biosphere programme.
The Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network contributes to strengthening sustainable community development, celebrating the interconnectedness of nature, livelihood, well-being and culture, for this and future generations.
To implement the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere programme to improve relationships between people and their environments.
Frontenac Arch Biosphere Foundation (FABF)
Originally established in 1965 as the Barbara Heck Foundation, the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Foundation is a non-profit charity created in 2013 to support education and research for conservation and sustainable development in the Frontenac Arch Biosphere. The Foundation’s primary focus is operating the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Nature Camp at the Landon Bay Centre. Each summer, area children learn through outdoor experiences and education about protection of natural, cultural, historical and spiritual heritage, including United Empire Loyalist and First Nations history. The Foundation collaborates with the Frontenac Arch Biosphere Network by providing financial support for programs and initiatives.