Please join us for a meeting to discuss: A community-led approach to identifying a natural heritage system in Simcoe County and communities of the Nottawasaga Watershed
Purpose: Ontario Nature, in partnership with the Simcoe County Greenbelt Coalition and Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership is hosting an introductory meeting to discuss the opportunity to pilot a community-led approach to identifying a natural heritage system in Simcoe County and the Nottawasaga watershed.
A natural heritage system or “greenway” is a network of natural areas, made up of core lands of conservation value connected by corridors that allow passage of wild species between them. A variety of land uses can occur within greenways, including agriculture and some sustainable resource uses, provided that they maintain their quality as wildlife habitat.
Opportunity: This project will demonstrate the benefits of integrating community expertise into natural heritage system identification and will model an effective inter-jurisdictional approach.
In its draft amendments to the Growth Plan in May 2016 the Province announced its intent to establish a regional natural heritage system for the Greater Golden Horseshoe, as well as an Agricultural System. This project will allow communities within Simcoe County and the Nottawasaga watershed to work together to protect natural heritage and ensure that local voices inform the Province’s process.
Who: This introductory meeting will bring together community members from across Simcoe and Dufferin County. We hope to engage representatives from local agricultural, community and environmental groups and other individuals with a strong interest to participate in a community-led approach to natural heritage systems planning.