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A healthy watershed supports healthy lakes, rivers, and communities that can better withstand the impacts of climate change, increasing development, and invasive species.

At Kawartha Conservation, we recognize that a healthy watershed depends on a combination of efforts from everyone that lives, works, and visits here. This is especially true on private lands. Every single person that lives on or manages land within our watershed can impact watershed health. This is the reason that we encourage, promote, and support private land stewardship.

Private land stewardship is simply voluntary conservation. It’s about making land management decisions in your own back yard which promote a healthy natural environment. Some of the actions and their benefits include the following:

    • Rehabilitate and restore vegetation along river courses and lake shores in order to help prevent flooding, reduce shoreline erosion, filter sediment from surface water runoff, provide wildlife habitat, and improve water quality.
    • Prevent or reduce the impacts of drought and improve soil supporting healthy farms and agriculturally related industries.
    • Protect and restore important wetlands and forests that will in turn prevent flooding and erosion, store excess water during intense rainfalls, help recharge aquifers, and capture carbon emissions.
    • Protect urban and rural green spaces for residents to enjoy and to help filter and cool our air.
    • Maintain important green corridors and natural habitats for birds, fish, and animals.
    • Prevent invasive species from impacting native plants, animals, birds, fish, plant communities, and other wildlife.
    • Encourage healthy populations of native plants and animals by providing suitable habitat.

 Taking action across the watershed

See some of the actions that people in your watershed have completed by clicking the pins on the map. If you would like to have your actions highlighted on the map, please contact us.

Stewardship Blog

No matter where you live and how much land you live on, there are things that you can do to enhance your property and the environment, and we can help! Click on where you live below, and get started today!

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