McGuinty Government And Ducks Unlimited Canada Help Landowners Conserve
And Restore Wildlife Habitats
TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ -
Southern Ontario landowners will receive advice and funding to protect
and restore wetland wildlife habitats through a partnership between Ducks
Unlimited Canada and the Ministry of Natural Resources.
The Ontario Wetland Care program provides technical resources and grants
to rural landowners to help them maintain and enhance wetlands on their
properties. The program is funded by the Healthy Wetlands...Healthy
Communities II partnership.
The program aims to enhance and protect up to 2,400 hectares (6,000
acres) of wildlife wetland habitat through 96 conservation agreements and 60
A grant of $500,000 from the ministry will be matched by Ducks Unlimited
Canada for a total of $1 million in funding over two years.
The ministry and Ducks Unlimited Canada will work with conservation
organizations to contact landowners whose land includes waterfowl habitat.
Ducks Unlimited Canada has already formed 17 partnerships with local
conservation organizations across southern Ontario to help deliver the
This is the second phase of the Healthy Wetlands...Healthy Communities
partnership. The first phase focused on enhancing wetland interpretive centres
to educate the public about the value of wetlands.
"Conserving wetlands in southern Ontario is a vital part of our strategy
to protect the province's biodiversity," said Natural Resources Minister Donna
"Working with an experienced partner like Ducks Unlimited Canada will ensure
we involve as many landowners as possible in protecting these critical
"Rural landowners are the key to protecting habitat for waterfowl and
other species of wildlife in southern Ontario," said Jamie Fortune, Director
of Operations for Ducks Unlimited Canada (http://www.ducks.ca/). "Research
shows that they are keenly interested, but they need help to get started.
That's where we come in."
areas where the land is wet either permanently or seasonally. They
provide habitat for a large number of plants and animals.
- More than three-quarters of the wetlands that originally existed in
southern Ontario have been destroyed.
- The Ontario government has collaborated with Ducks Unlimited Canada
for almost 35 years to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and
- Learn more about Ducks Unlimited Canada in Ontario (www.ducks.ca/).
- Learn more about wetlands (ontario.ca/biodiversity).
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HEALTHY WETLANDS...HEALTHY COMMUNITIES II PARTNERSHIP:
ONTARIO WETLAND CARE PROGRAM
- Local conservation organizations and landowners have a key role to
play in conserving Ontario's waterfowl and wildlife habitat, such as
- Through the Ontario Wetland Care program, the Ministry of Natural
Resources and Ducks Unlimited Canada are engaging southern Ontario
landowners in understanding the fascinating diversity of wetlands and
empowering them to improve and conserve wetland habitat.
- Some landowners need help with the costs of restoring or enhancing
wetlands. Often they require only technical advice to get started and
someone to call for further guidance as their work progresses.
- The ministry and Ducks Unlimited Canada are bringing together a broad
range of conservation organizations to give landowners better access
to help in managing their wetlands. Ducks Unlimited Canada has already
formed at least 17 partnerships to promote wetland conservation with
funding from Ontario Wetland Care.
- The ministry and Ducks Unlimited Canada will work with conservation
organizations to contact landowners whose land includes waterfowl
- Workshops, demonstration sites, educational materials and personal
site visits with knowledgeable conservation staff will help
landowners learn about protecting habitats. Staff will work with
landowners to prepare customized stewardship plans for their
- Landowners who agree to restore and protect wetlands and other
habitats on their land over the long term will be eligible for
funding of half of the total cost of restoration and stewardship
- The program aims to enhance and protect up to 2,400 hectares (6,000
acres) of wildlife wetland habitat through 96 conservation agreements
and 60 stewardship plans.
- A conservation agreement is a written agreement between a landowner
and Ducks Unlimited Canada that ensures the wildlife habitat value
of their wetland will be maintained by the landowner for specified
period, ideally 25 years.
- A natural area stewardship plan is a customized plan to sustain
wildlife habitats on a landowner's property.
MINISTRY OF NATURAL RE
SOURCES/DUCKS UNLIMITED CANADA PARTNERSHIPS
The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources has collaborated with Ducks
Unlimited Canada for almost 35 years to deliver programs that work to
conserve, restore and manage wetlands and adjacent uplands. These partnerships
Ontario Eastern Habitat Joint Venture
The Ontario Eastern Habitat Joint Venture is a partnership of government
and non-government organizations created to support the North American
Waterfowl Management Plan and the North American Bird Conservation Initiative,
which aim to increase bird populations throughout the continent by conserving
internationally significant habitat.
- The ministry provided more than $4.5 million to Ducks Unlimited Canada
since 1998 for conservation activities - primarily securing and
enhancing wetlands in support of the Ontario Eastern Habitat Joint
- Ducks Unlimited Canada matches this provincial funding, usually by
raising three dollars to match each dollar received from the ministry,
including funding from U.S. federal and state governments and private
Healthy Wetlands...Healthy Communities I
- Ducks Unlimited Canada and the ministry worked together from 2003 to
2007 on the first phase of the Healthy Wetlands...Healthy Communities
partnership. MNR contributed $1 million, which was matched by Ducks
- The partnership aimed to educate the public about the connection
between community well-being and a healthy environment by promoting
the value of wetlands. It included enhancing public viewing and
education facilities at wetlands in southern Ontario and restoring
Great Lakes Wetlands
- The ministry and Ducks Unlimited Canada work together on projects
supported by the Canada Ontario Agreement Respecting the Great Lakes
Basin Ecosystem to develop and deliver conservation programs that
benefit Great Lakes wetlands and the communities and wildlife that
depend on them.
- The partners have also worked together on a variety of committees,
educational programs for municipalities and international agreements
affecting the Great Lakes Basin.
- The ministry is supporting Ducks Unlimited Canada's Wetland Conversion
Analysis project, which is developing new estimates of wetland loss
across southern Ontario.
Wetland Evaluation and Mapping
- In recent years, Ducks Unlimited Canada partnered with the ministry to
develop and test innovative approaches to mapping and evaluating
wetlands in parts of central Ontario.
Ontario's Biodiversity Council
- Ducks Unlimited Canada contributed to the development of Ontario's
Biodiversity Strategy and continues to participate as a member of the
Ontario Biodiversity Council.
For the Ministry of Natural For Ducks Unlimited Canada:
John Boos Lynette Mader
Southern Region Manager, Outreach Programs-Ontario
705-755-3281 Ducks Unlimited Canada-Active by
705-721-4444, Ext. 235
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For further information:
For further information: For the Ministry of Natural Resources: Ivan
Langrish, Minister's Office, (416) 314-2212; Barry Radford, Communications
Services Branch, (416) 314-2123, ontario.ca/natural-resources-news; For Ducks
Unlimited Canada: Lynette Mader, Manager, Outreach Programs-Ontario, Ducks
Unlimited Canada-Active by Nature!, (705) 721-4444, Ext. 235, www.ducks.ca