Wednesday April 4, 2012 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) will release a survey to rural landowners to explore wetland restoration opportunities on their land. The survey will be mailed out from early to mid April to selected rural landowners in the Credit River Watershed. Participants can choose to have their names entered into a draw for cash prizes.
“Rural landowners have a strong connection to the land and a keen understanding of local environmental concerns,” said Michael Puddister, Director or Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. “By working directly with rural landowners in this preliminary stage we hope to tailor the wetland restoration program to help address their specific needs.”
Information gathered will help CVC develop an effective landowner incentive program to encourage wetland restoration in the Credit River Watershed. The survey will identify the preferred mix of incentives and options for restoring and protecting wetlands.
A significant portion of wetland areas in the Credit River Watershed lie within private rural properties. Rural landowners play a crucial role in environmental restoration efforts. Participation in the upcoming survey is an opportunity for landowners to help CVC in protecting their local environment for future generations.
Wetlands maintain water quality, control flooding and erosion and provide recreational opportunities. It is estimated that 48 per cent of wetlands in the Credit River Watershed have been lost or degraded since 1954, largely due to human activities. Limited landowner interest and reluctance to sign up for wetland restoration programs are often cited as the biggest challenges to successfully implementing programs.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, through a $60,000 grant to the Credit Valley Conservation Foundation, supports CVC’s research on wetland restoration programs.
Results from this survey will help to create a pilot project, and eventually a full-scale, incentive program for landowners to restore wetlands on farms and other rural areas in the watershed.
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for over 50 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations.
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 385
Project Coordinator of Ecological Goods and Services
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 443