- Land Size: 2 Acres
- Living System: Carolinian Forest
- Previous Designation: Urban Forest
- Activation Date: June 1, 2020
- Location: Toronto, ON, Canada
About this Project
Located in the east end of Toronto, Bellehaven landscape is a 2 acre urban forest that is representative of the Carolinian Forest living system.
Below you will find information on the types of testing that 220KM Inc. will be conducting at this specific landscape. We hope to post all information within our members network.
Bellehaven Landscape activation video
Endangered Plant Species
Studies Taking Place At This Landscape
This is a detailed listing of all the types of studies that will be taking place within the Bellehaven Landscape.
Native Plant Research
Researching a vast selection of native plants and trees in a biodiverse environment through their essential oils.
Analyzing the soil at each landscape twice a year (spring and late fall) to measure the active carbon present.
Analyzing the active microbial biomass in the soil at each landscape twice a year (spring and late fall).
Monitoring the wildlife within the area of the landscape to see how they interact with the ecosystem and the plants within them over a period of five to ten years.
Discovering the ecological conditions to protect rare and vulnerable, threatened, endangered plants and trees through detailed environmental observation and data gathering (weather tracking, soil moisture etc.).
Looking at ways to protect the genetic diversity of the various species within a landscape.
Understanding the ecological requirements needed for the reproduction of native plants and trees as well as their overall survival and growth.
Develop methods to isolate essential oils from the plant materials without the use of petrochemicals. Building a rare database of nutritional information about native plants through their essential oil components using UV A & GC Mass Spectrometry.
Developing regenerative harvesting and propagation methods that best suits the native plant life and their environment.
Understanding companion planting and how it affects other plants within the environment as well as if they present trace values through the essential oils produced.
Understanding the variability of the active chemical ingredients of the essential oils isolated. Discovering the medicinal/therapeutic possibilities of unique plant oils, 98% of which are not available in the market and less accessible for research.
Redistributing the biomass to the landscape after isolating the essential oils generated for use in subsequent years.
Observing the metal content of the biomass and the essential oils extracted to understand phytostabilization in order to remediate soil and using the metal nanoparticles for applications worldwide.
Cultivation of diversified mushrooms in this forest understory to enable diversified forest products, diversity in revenue streams for agroforestry and value added to non desirable trees.
Studying the rare nutritional values in essential oils extracted from mushrooms since it is not possible to get fresh mushrooms into the markets for sale in a fast manner. Also allows human development and training in non-timber forest products and diversification for employment for the forestry workforce.