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10 DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

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3W-1 Bighead River Demonstration Project
3W-2 Conserving Biodiversity in Agricultural Ecosystems of the Carolinian Life Zone
3W-3 Cold Creek Demonstration Project
3W-4 Laurel Creek Watershed Demonstration Project
3W-5 La Cite Collegiate's Wetlands/Woodlands/ Wildlife Project in the Hawkesbury Area
3W-6 Snake River and Muskrat Basin Demonstration Project
3W-7 Issues and Opportunities for Wildlife Habitat Conservation in Agriculture
3W-8 Enhancement of Caddy-Bott Drain in Middlesex County: Video of Caddy-Bott Drain Project
3W-9 Managing Agricultural Drains to Accommodate Wildlife
Brochure: Managing Agricultural Drains to Accomodate Wildlife
3W-10 Linking Sustainable Agriculture and Wetlands Conservation

 


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FOR MORE INFORMATION

Gary McCullough, Program Coordinator
Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Region
Environment Canada
152 Newbold Court
London, Ontario N6E 1Z7
Telephone: (519) 681-0486
Laurie Maynard, Program Manager
Canadian Wildlife Service, Ontario Region
Environment Canada
75 Farquhar Street
Guelph, Ontario N1H 3N4

 

Title: Bighead River Demonstration Project

Contact: Ray Robertson (519) 986-2040

Location:

Bighead River watershed, located in Grey County and including parts of: townships of Sydenham, Holland, Euphrasia, St. Vincent, and the town of Meaford

Description:

The Bighead River watershed is predominantly agricultural and subject to considerable spring runoff. To address related concerns about water quality for humans, livestock and wildlife, this project will feature approaches such as:

  • exclusion fencing for livestock near streams
  • alternate watering facilities, stream crossings
  • riparian areas - tree planting, bank stabilization
  • fisheries rehabilitation
  • wetland and floodplain enhancement
  • soil conservation.

Participants: GREY COUNTY SOIL AND CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION with partners:

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Grey Sauble Conservation Authority; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy; municipal councils in townships of St. Vincent, Sydenham, Euphrasia and Holland; town of Meaford; local farmers and landowners


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Title: Conserving Biodiversity In Agricultural Ecosystems Of The Carolinian Life Zone

Contact: Graham Bryan (416) 444-8419

Location:

Long Point Region Conservation Authority, Kent Creek and Dedrich Creek watersheds, Hamilton Region Conservation Authority, Spencer Creek watershed

Description:

The Carolinian zone of southwestern Ontario is subject to competing interests of agriculture and wildlife. To build new partnerships among farmers, naturalists and conservation authorities, sites will demonstrate: native species revegetation techniques applied to woodlot and wetland edges, natural corridors,streams and fencerows methods to address potential conflicts between agriculture and wildlife habitat.

Participants: FEDERATION OF ONTARIO NATURALISTS with partners:

Long Point Region Conservation Authority; Hamilton Region Conservation Authority; Long Point Bird Observatory; Centre for Land and Water Stewardship; local farmers and landowners


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Title: Cold Creek Demonstration Project

Contact: Ed Reid (705) 748-6324

Location:

Cold Creek subwatershed in Northumberland and Hastings counties, near Trenton

Description:

Landowners are offered incentives to adopt those practices that protect, create or enhance fish and wildlife habitats, and that are compatible with sustainable farming practices,such as:

  • delayed grazing
  • restricted cattle access
  • alternative watering systems
  • contiguous woodland
  • silvipasture
  • community nursery
  • wild turkey habitat enhancement
  • lure crops/wildlife food
  • utility corridor agreements
  • riparian habitat enhancement.

Participants: ONTARIO FEDERATION OF ANGLERS AND HUNTERS with partner:

Ontario Cattlemen's Association;

with cooperators:

Cold Creek Improvement Association; Quinte Wild Turkey Association; Lower Trent Region Conservation Authority; Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; Northumberland County Cattlemen's Association; local farmers and landowners


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Title: Laurel Creek Watershed Demonstration Project

Contact: Peter Mason (519) 621-2761

Location:

Beaver Creek watershed, a subwatershed of Laurel Creek, Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Description:

Natural heritage areas in this watershed have been fragmented by agriculture and other land uses. This project aims at establishing vegetation links and protection and enhancement of wetlands, woodlots and streams, in ways consistent with economically sustainable agriculture. Using an ecosystems approach, the project's main components will be:

  • conservation tillage
  • improved livestock management along watercourses
  • land retirement
  • stream improvement.

Participants: GRAND RIVER CONSERVATION AUTHORITY with partners:

townships of Wilmot, Woolwich and Wellesley; Waterloo Soil and Crop Improvement Association; Waterloo Federation of Agriculture; Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; local farmers and landowners


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Title: La Cite Collegiale's Wetlands/ Woodlands/ Wildlife Project in the Hawkesbury Area

Contact: Jacques Bouvier (613)632-2483

Location:

seven sites in and around Township of East Hawkesbury, 100 km east of Ottawa

Description :

Forest cover in the Hawkesbury area is sparse and confined to scattered, young hardwood stands with few conifers. Activities aimed at addressing woodlands and wetlands conservation include:

  • planting shrubs and trees, and installing fencing to promote regeneration and exclude livestock
  • demonstrating good woodlot management that balances the needs of people and wildlife
  • planting along unstable, eroding slopes
  • establishing windbreak and wildlife borders along denuded wire fences.

Participants: LA CITE COLLEGIALE with partners:

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; Eastern Ontario Model Forest; Ontario Federation of Agriculture (United Counties of Prescott-Russell); South Nation River Conservation Authority; Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Vankleek Hill Nature Society; local farmers and landowners


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Title: Snake River and Muskrat Basin Demonstration Project

Contact: Ed Reid (705)748-6324

Location:

Snake River and Muskrat Lake area of Renfrew County

Description:

Techniques will be demonstrated on private lands that will help to maintain agricultural production and enhance wildlife habitats. Management practices will include:

  • delayed grazing
  • restricted livestock access
  • alternative watering systems
  • contiguous woodlands
  • silvipasture
  • loggerhead shrike habitat enhancement
  • lure crops/wildlife food
  • upland and riparian habitat enhancement.

Participants: ONTARIO FEDERATION OF ANGLERS AND HUNTERS with partner:

Ontario Cattlemen's Association;

with cooperators:

Algonquin College of Applied Arts and Technology; Cobden District Legion Conservation Club; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Renfrew County Cattlemen's Association; local farmers and landowners


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Title: Issues and Opportunities for Wildlife Habitat Conservation in Agriculture

Contact: Barry Jones (613)394-4829

Location:

sites in upper Bay of Quinte drainage basin, on Little, Selby and Wilton creeks in the township of Tyendinaga, Richmond and Camden East, and in Prince Edward County

Description:

In support of the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan, this project will include demonstrations to create and enhance wildlife habitat and support agricultural goals through:

  • windbreaks and shelterbelts
  • reforestation
  • intercropping
  • silvipasture
  • cover plantings/lure crops
  • fencerows
  • retirement of fragile land
  • livestock fencing
  • streambank stabilization.

Participants: LOWER TRENT REGION CONSERVATION AUTHORITY with partners:

Cataraqui and Napanee Region Conservation Authorities; Ontario Ministry of Environment and Energy; Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan Implementation Advisory Committee; Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; local farmers and landowners


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Title: Enhancement of Caddy-Bott Drain in Middlesex County

Contact: Craig Merkley (519) 451-2800    Information on Video of Caddy-Bott Drain Project

Location:

Middlesex County, along:

main Caddy-Bott drain
Harvey Branch drain
Bott Branch drain
Caddy Creek
Highway #2 through townships of West Nissouri and North Dorchester

Description:

Demonstration of best management techniques in the restoration and maintenance of the Caddy-Bott Drain will include:

  • windbreak plantings
  • conservation cropping and tillage practices
  • drain enhancements, such as increasing stream buffer width, to reduce bank slumping, improve wildlife diversity, and reduce erosion.

Participants: UPPER THAMES RIVER CONSERVATION AUTHORITY with partners:

West Nissouri Township and North Dorchester Drain Superintendents; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; Spriet Associates; McCutcheon Farm Drainage; Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; Drainage Superintendents Association of Ontario; local farmers and landowners


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Title: Managing Agricultural Drains to Accommodate Wildlife

Contact: Andrew Graham (519) 767-4601

Location:

James Berry drain and Cranberry Creek municipal drain in Haldimand-Norfolk Region South Branch of South Nation River municipal drain in Dundas County Halls Creek in Oxford County

Description:

Three sites will demonstrate and explore new ways of managing agriculture drains to accommodate needs of fish and wildlife through:

  • bioengineering techniques,
  • natural channel design,
  • buffer strip development,
  • retention ponds, and
  • sediment traps.

These techniques help to create a reliable outlet for farmland, protect against erosion, improve water quality, offer improved habitat for fish and wildlife and help to resolve conflicts between agriculture and wildlife habitat monitoring of previous and new works under the Drainage Act and Fisheries Act will help determine cost-effectiveness.

View brochure: "Managing Agricultural Drains to Accommodate Wildlife"

Participants: ONTARIO SOIL AND CROP IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION with partners:

Norfolk Township; South Nation River Conservation Authority; Upper Thames River Conservation Authority; Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources; Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, Drainage Superintendents Association of Ontario; Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; Canadian Wildlife Service; Long Point Region Conservation Authority; Long Point Bird Observatory; Long Point Waterfowl and Wetlands Research Fund; local farmers and landowners


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Title: Linking Sustainable Agriculture and Wetlands Conservation

Contact: Calvin Holden (705) 721-4444

Location:

Bruce, Haldimand/Norfolk, Brant, Oxford, Waterloo, Wellington, Simcoe, Leeds/Grenville, Victoria, the lower Great Lakes shoreline portion of southwestern Ontario, and the Little Clay Belt in northeastern Ontario

Description:

This project has three components:

  • conservation farming, which uses a range of cropland management practices that benefit both agriculture and wildlife - under Ontario Land CARE (Conservation of Agriculture, Resources and Environment)
  • native species plantings, which demonstrate the value of native species for wildlife cover and forage crops, as well as the viability of commercial seed production that could provide specialty crop income for landowners
  • alternative forage sites for geese so that management practices that reduce crop damage on uplands directly associated with wetlands can be evaluated.

Participants: DUCKS UNLIMITED with partners:

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs; local farmers and landowners

 


 

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