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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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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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How to grow native plants to help protect pollinators

Credit: Colleen Dempster

Growing native wildflowers from seed is fun and rewarding. It beautifies your backyard in an ecologically-friendly way and can be done for little start-up cost and maintenance! Here are five simple steps you can take to turn your native wildflower seeds into a backyard oasis for yourself and the wildlife that visits.

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At long last, an end to the snapping turtle hunt

Snapping turtle; Credit: Jory Mullen

Credit: Jory Mullen

It has been a long time coming. Alongside our members, supporters, member groups and partners, Ontario Nature spent years trying to convince the Government of Ontario to end the hunting of snapping turtles, a species at risk. And finally, on Friday March 31, the government announced its decision to terminate the hunt. This was the only correct decision in light of irrefutable scientific evidence that snapping turtles cannot be sustainably hunted. Taking just one or two adults from a population on a yearly basis will lead to decline.

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