SPC MEMBER RECRUITMENT NOW OPEN!
The Source Water Protection Committee is seeking the replacement of the Agricultural/Commercial/Industrial and Environmental/Health/Other Interests representatives on the Lakehead Source Protection Committee Under O. Reg. 288/07, Clean Water Act, 2006.
For more information, please see:
Please submit your Expression of Interest Form no later than 4:30 p.m. on November 15th, 2016.
MILLS BLOCK CLOSURE
Pleased be advised the Mills Block Forest Management Property will be CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 due to work being carried out at the property. A rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, August 10th. The public is asked to please refrain from attempting to access Mill Block Forest while work is being carried out.
Thank you for your patience. We appreciate your co-operation.
GRASSLAND STEWARDSHIP PROGRAM
Grassland Stewardship Program – Intake 2 Now Open
The Grassland Stewardship Program (GSP), a new cost-share program launched this summer for Ontario farmers, is accepting applications to its second intake from now until August 15th, 2016. The Grassland Stewardship Program offers financial support for farmers who wish to implement select best management practices to improve grassland habitat — hayfield and pasture — and benefit bobolink and other grassland birds on their farm. Supported best management practices include:
- Control of encroaching trees and shrubs through mowing
- Pasture rejuvenation
- Incorporation of delayed grazing into rotational grazing systems
- Native grassland restoration
- Forage harvest management (delayed haying) — No longer available in 2016, anticipated for 2017.
A new aspect of this program is Conservation Agreements between funded producers and Environment and Climate Change Canada, signed for up to three years. These agreements aim to provide habitat protection for sensitive grassland birds while providing producers a funding guarantee for multi-year projects.
For more information or to apply, visit the OSCIA website at
Funding for GSP is provided through Species at Risk Partnerships on Agricultural Lands (SARPAL), an Environment and Climate Change Canada initiative.