Rural Homeowners

Discover do-it-yourself projects to enhance your property and improve the health of the environment.

Seek and Destroy:
Invasive plants

Garlic Mustard

Explore your property and learn which species are invasive. Take actions now to manage or remove them.

Get Started
Learn about the top 10 invasive plant troublemakers in the Credit River Watershed. Get tips how to spot them on your property.

Map it Out
Download the EDDMapS App. Use it to locate invasive species and create a map of where they exist on your property. Get expert feedback on identification and management.

Make a Plan to Remove and Replace
Learn how to manage and remove invasive species by following these best practices. Replace invasive species with local native plants that will thrive in our region. Find plants right for your property in our Guide to Gardening Wisely.

Find Funding
Get financial assistance for your invasives removal project. Apply to the Landowner Action Fund.

Get Pumped:
Septic & Well Care

The health of your well and septic system is linked to your health and the health of the environment.

Get Started
Learn how to take care of your well and septic starting with this checklist. Discover well and septic care best practices and make testing your drinking water part of your routine maintenance.

Protect Your Source Water
Learn about the threats to source water quality and ways you can protect water in your community.

Find Funding
Get financial assistance to repair your well and septic system. Apply to the Landowner Action Fund for well or septic upgrades.

Discover Your Property’s Potential


Get to know your land and water. Be inspired by nature and your neighbours taking action in your community.

Get Started
Rediscover countryside living. Learn about the natural features on your property and actions you can take to enhance and support them in our Hello! Countryside Living guide for rural landowners.

Get to Know Your Neighbours
See what others are doing and find inspiration for projects on your property.

  • Call of the Countryside: Landowners Plavsa and McKenzie are supporting native wildlife by planting trees, restoring meadow and grassland and installing habitat structures on their Mono property.
  • Restoration Anticipation: Learn how the Johnsons are taking their pond offline to improve water quality and wildlife habitat.
  • Bucking Buckthorn: Discover how Caledon resident Tom Steller is tackling invasive buckthorn on his property.
  • Read more inspiring stories of landowners taking action on their properties.

Find Funding
Take the next step toward transforming your property. Apply for financial assistance. Find out if your project is eligible for funding by learning more about the Landowner Action Fund Program.


Tree Swallows

The Countryside Stewardship Mail is a monthly e-newsletter for rural residents interested in environmentally friendly land management projects that protect the health of the woods, streams and drinking water on their properties.

  • Subscribe to the Countryside Stewardship Mail
  • Read the Countryside Stewardship Archives
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