Rural Non-Farm Stewardship

A fence overlooking the lush greenery of the Credit Headwaters

Assistance for rural non-farm landowners in the Credit River watershed.

With over 90% of the Credit River watershed under private ownership, rural landowners play an import role in protecting this special landscape.

By practicing good environmental management on your rural property you protect water quality, wildlife habitat, biodiversity all the while protecting your investment as a property owner. Making smart decisions about your woodlot, water use, building, landscaping and energy will contribute to healthy ecosystems and save you money.

CVC’s Countryside Stewardship program for rural non-farm landowners provides resources and guidance to sustainably manage your land, water and wildlife while contributing to the overall health of the Credit River watershed.

Attend a Caring for Your Land and Water workshop for rural non-farm landowners and work through a free copy of Your Guide to Caring for the Credit with our knowledgeable Stewardship Coordinators. Landowners who complete an Action Plan in the guidebook are eligible to apply to the Landowner Action Fund for stewardship projects on their property. CVC’s Countryside Stewardship Program also offers workshops on special topics such as natural pond management and forest management. Visit the CVC Events Calendar for the full list.

CVC’s Countryside Stewardship Program also offers workshops on special topics such as natural pond management and forest management. Visit the CVC Events Calendar for the full list.

Recognizing Your Contribution to Conservation

Landowners who complete a stewardship project such as a tree planting, invasive species removal or wetland habitat improvement receive a free Caring for the Credit laneway sign that recognizes your contribution to protecting the Credit River watershed. Countryside stewards are eligible to be nominated for a Friends of the Credit Conservation Award presented at CVC’s annual award banquet.

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