We Conserve Lands in the Credit River Watershed
We are the stewards of over 2,800 hectares (7,000 acres) of natural space in the Credit River Watershed. The watershed extends from the Headwaters in Dufferin Country to Port Credit in Mississauga where it drains into Lake Ontario. We provide visitors with unique experiences in nature, supporting healthy communities and a sustainable natural environment.
Our land holdings serve a variety of functions:
- Protect natural features and functions
- Conserve cultural resources
- Provide nature appreciation and recreational opportunities
- Promote mental and physical well-being
- Provide economic benefits (through local tourism, employment, ecosystem goods and services)
- Mitigate flooding, erosion caused by severe weather events
- Clean water
- Capture carbon
- Provide habitat
Our Conservation Areas
We operate a system of 62 conservation areas. We provide visitors with unique experiences in nature, supporting healthy communities. Our conservation areas also support active lifestyles that promote physical and mental well-being. Our lands provide ecosystem goods and services, and our stewardship also reduces the impacts of severe weather events resulting from climate change.
We’re committed to the long-term health of our conservation areas. We’re passionate about our contributions to the health of our communities. We work to protect these natural features and functions for future generations.
Conservation Areas Master Strategy
Our Conservation Areas Master Strategy (CAMS) shapes our efforts over the next 10 years (2018 – 2028). Our strategy commits us to:
- Stewardship of Land and Water
- Indigenous Communities
CAMS identifies four principles for conservation lands management. Each of the four principles are considered to be of equal value.
Protect the natural and cultural heritage assets within our conservation areas.
Develop and nurture relationships with all who seek to connect with the land and water.
Ensure that visitors to our sites experience a wide range of recreation opportunities, health benefits and tourism options.
Deliver services to our residents, visitors, stakeholders and partners that reflect our commitment to quality, accountability, fiscal responsibility and the natural environment.
We develop management plans to set the long-term vision for a property and outline the strategies, actions and decisions needed to achieve that vision. Learn more about managements plans in development and how you can get involved:
We are restoring ecosystems and creating wildlife habitat for a resilient Credit River Watershed on our conservation lands. Learn about our latest projects:
We’re transforming a former farm field overgrown with non-native and invasive plants into a thriving grassland with native plants and grasses. It will provide critical habitat for species at-risk such as eastern meadowlark, bobolink and grasshopper sparrow.
Learn more about the Upper Credit CA grassland restoration.
The goal of this restoration is to replace dead or dying ash trees with native trees and shrubs and remove invasive plants so a healthy forest with diverse species can return and thrive.
Learn more about ash tree management at Rattray Marsh.
We are creating a new conservation area on the shores of Lake Ontario. We’re transforming the area to be more natural, diverse and ecologically functional by naturalizing the shoreline, reestablishing coastal wetlands and restoring streams draining into the lake to provide habitat for fish, migrating birds and wildlife.
Learn more about the Jim Tovey Lakeview Conservation Area.
The goal of this study is to evaluate the feasibility of enhanced restoration for two former aggregate sites in the Town of Caledon – Pinchin Pit and the Capstone parcel, formerly called the Flaherty Pit, which is a part of Charles Sauriol Conservation Area. Our goal is to restore these properties and transform them into future Credit Valley Parks.
Learn more about the Pinchin Pit and Capstone Parcel Restoration Feasibility Study.