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Wetlands, Woodlands and Watercourses​

Partnering with a purpose

The Lake Simcoe watershed continues to be one of the fastest growing regions in Canada. 

Increasing population and urban expansion require LSRCA and our municipal partners to accommodate growth while also maintaining natural heritage features and systems. 

A natural heritage system is made up of woodlands, wetlan​ds, shorelines and watercourses, and provides many significant environmental services in our watershed. A recent study we commissioned took an inventory of natural features and attached a staggering value to the services they render in the watershed—128,000 hectares of natural heritage features providing $922.7 million in ecosystem services such as recreation, water supply, pollination, clean air and carbon sequestration! 

Armed with this information, we developed the Natural Heritage System Restoration Strategy. Complete with a 39-action implementation plan with clear and measurable targets, our strategy aims to protect, restore and improve our natural spaces to support vibrant and healthy communities while reinforcing climate change resilience.