King - Happy Valley North (Conc. 7)


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King - Happy Valley North (Conc. 7)

Region/Township: Schomberg
ORTA Map Number: ORTA Map 2
Coordinates: 43.967134 , -79.616811
Meeting Place/Parking:

Meet at the (dead end) on 7th. Conc. 2.8km south of Pottageville from the Lloydtown-Aurora Rd.

NOTE, this point can only be accessed by vehicles coming south on 7th. Conc.

Terrain: Forest trail
Difficulty: Moderate
General Description:

Happy Valley Forest is a 6.48 square kilometre provincially-significant ecological area, classified as an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources.It consists of an upland forest on steeply rolling topography, various wooded swamps, and minor wetland areas (wet meadows, thickets and cattail swamps). A few small kettle ponds are also present.

Located on Ordovician bedrock over the Oak Ridges Moraine, the forest attains elevations between 122 to 152 m, increasing westward. The majority of the area is composed of overburden of ice-contract stratified drift of sand, gravel and silt of varying origin (kame, outwash or collapse). Soil types in the forests are predominantly pontytool sandy loam; Brighton sandy loam, King clay loam (southern and western steep areas), and bottomland (along stream banks) are present in small areas.

The upland forest is dominated by Sugar Maple in most areas, and Sugar Maple and American Beech in others, though species such as Paper Birch, White Ash, Eastern Hemlock, Black Cherry and Red Oak are found throughout. The eastern portion is instead dominated by Red Maple and Red Oak, interspersed by American Beech, Paper Birch, Eastern Hemlock and Largetooth Aspen.

In the valleys of this forest can be found Largetooth Aspen with White Birch, Red Maple and occasional Beech, Red Oak and Trembling Aspen. Moreover, several kettle depressions and small kettle ponds are present in the area.

Supporting over 100 bird species, and numerous other wildlife species, the Happy Valley Forest is recognized for its size and the presence of various rare species.