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The importance of community voices in natural heritage systems planning

Credit: Deb Fraser; c/o EcoSpark

Currently, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF) is seeking feedback on how it will develop a natural heritage system for the Greater Golden Horseshoe (GGH). If we want clean air, clean water and a rich diversity of plant and animal life to sustain present and future generations, we need a strong natural heritage system that is created through thoughtful and meaningful community engagement.

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The wild, weird world of mussels

Credit: Stephanie Muckle

Credit: Stephanie Muckle

Wartyback, snuffbox, round pigtoe, pocketbook … no, we haven’t gone crazy. These are just a few of the 41 wild and weird freshwater mussel species found in Ontario.

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What will the future hold for Ontario’s wetlands?

Credit: Rusty Clark; CC BY 2.0

On July 20th, the Government of Ontario released, A Wetland Conservation Strategy for Ontario, 2017 – 2030, setting the stage for an all-hands-on-deck approach to reversing the ongoing trend of wetland loss.

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Top 10 reasons for protected areas

Credit: Christopher Woo; CC BY 2.0

In 2010, Canada and the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity committed to protecting at least 17 per cent of the world’s lands and inland waters by 2020. With the percentage of protected areas in Ontario currently at just over 10 percent, it’s time for an all-out effort to meet the target. Here’s why:

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Under the Canopy: Bioblitzing at the Sydenham River Nature Reserve

Over two kilometres of the Sydenham River winds through the Ontario Nature property; Credit: David Coulson

The Sydenham River Nature Reserve is Ontario Nature’s first riverine reserve. Acquired in December 2016, the property is located within the Carolinian Life Zone that stretches from Windsor to Toronto. It is an area that includes some of the most significant habitats and threatened plant and animal species in Ontario.

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