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Natural Heritage System and Restoration Strategy

LSRCA has developed a Natural Heritage System and Restoration Strategy (NHSRS) for the Lake Simcoe watershed. The development and implementation of the Strategy was identified as a priority action to achieve goal one of the LSRCA Strategic Plan to support a safer, healthier and more livable watershed through exceptional integrated watershed management. This natural heritage system is an update to the previous LSRCA Natural Heritage System for the Lake Simcoe Watershed (Phase 1)

NHSRS.jpgThe Strategy envisions a sustainable and resilient natural heritage system that supports natural heritage features and functions while providing services vital to human well-being. Through a systems based approach features include wetlands, woodlands, watercourses etc. but also identifies targeted areas that would enhance the natural heritage system with restoration potential such as linkages and corridors, or areas for protection, such as grasslands. The development of the NHS reinforces the understanding that individual areas and features have strong ecological ties to each other that contribute to the overall landscape.

Implementation of the Natural Heritage System and Restoration Strategy (NHSRS) will be achieved through a series of actions led by LSRCA, and shared and supported by its watershed partners and the extended community. The implementation strategy for focuses on the organization's programs and services through actions of protection, land planning and management, monitoring and data collection, research and tools, outreach and education, partnerships and strategy evaluation. 

View the Draft Natural Heritage System and Restoration Strategy

We invite you to provide comment on the draft Strategy by Tuesday, November 7, 2017 through email to Shauna Fernandes Chagani, s.fernandes@lsrca.on.ca

We thank you in advance for your valuable input and intend to revise the document considering all the comments received.