PRIVATE LAND STEWARDSHIP
Watershed Stewardship is the responsible care and management of our land, water and wildlife resources through positive environmental actions. For generations, farmers and other rural landowners have been good stewards of the watershed’s lands and waters. There are various programs and resources available to community groups, schools, organizations, private landowners and other interested individuals through the Long Point Region Conservation Authority (LPRCA) and many other organizations to undertake land stewardship projects.
A number of cost-sharing and technical assistance programs are available to landowners in the Long Point Region watershed. Some of the eligible projects can be supplemented by grants from other programs to cover up to 100% of the project costs. LPRCA works with qualifying landowners to implement projects which will help improve local water quality, enhance natural areas and biodiversity, reduce soil erosion, and increase forest cover.
Initiatives such as rural water quality programs, tree and shrub planting, agricultural best management practices, sediment basin and wetland creation are often a simple and cost-effective way to help protect our natural environment.
Rural Water Quality Programs provide free technical assistance and financial incentives to support voluntary implementation of environmental and agricultural Best Management Practice (BMP) projects on private land.
LPRCA has a comprehensive Private Land Erosion Control Assistance Program to assist landowners with up to $1,000 of the cost of a project. In some cases, this subsidy can be stacked with grants from other programs to cover up to 100 per cent of the cost.
For program information or to initiate a project on your property, contact the LPRCA’s Lands & Waters Supervisor at 519-842-4242, ext 232.