In the recently published five year review of the Forest Management Guide by the Ontario, Canada, Ministry of Natural Resources & Forestry, ACR science was used as the “subject expert” on subject of nesting herons. The Ministry solicited management recommendations from ACR's conservation science staff, then incorporated several recommendations for conserving biodiversity at the stand and site scales, including:
- Use the most recent nest record data to refine (if necessary) the critical breeding period to reflect changes in nesting behavior as a result of climate change. Ensure that the defined period adequately reflects annual variation.
- Reassess whether the coarse filter direction for aquatic features maintains key foraging habitats for herons.
- Evaluate whether potential nesting habitat near heron colonies needs to be addressed.
- Evaluate whether current direction addresses issue of heron colony ‘drift’ (see above).
- Evaluate need to restrict operations near inactive heron colonies during the reoccupation period
The document presents quite a progressive perspective, using ACR input to establish or revise numerous directives from their original Management Plan regarding the protection of colonial waterbirds in forested habitats.