ERCA Improves Habitat Restoration Program

Tuesday November 15th, 2016

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Landowners wishing to undertake tree planting and other habitat creation programs on their properties will have it a little easier, thanks to an enhanced program offered by the Essex Region Conservation Authority.

Earlier this year, ERCA engaged a consultant to help understand what motivated rural non-agricultural landowners to participation in restoration programs, what some of the barriers are, and what solutions could be investigated. “One of the barriers identified was that some landowners had limited access to farm equipment and commercial mowing equipment to prepare and maintain planting sites,” explained Kevin Money, Director of Conservation Services.

To overcome this barrier, administration is proposing a new “full service” option for landowners interested in restoration, but not wanting to deal with site preparation and long-term maintenance. “This new turn-key operation will hopefully result in more landowners wanting to participate in tree planting and other habitat creation projects by reducing the site preparation and maintenance requirements,” Money added. “These projects help to contribute to a future of sustainability for us all.”

This new option will be available for the 2017 planting season, and based on cost recovery. Landowners interested in learning more should contact ERCA. You can find more information at the link here.

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