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Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee (DAAC)

2008 Joint Land Stewardship Workshop

On Saturday, April 5, 2008 a workshop entitled “Land Stewardship Opportunities” was held at the Sunderland Memorial Arena, in Brock Township.

The purpose of the workshop was to provide information on various land stewardship opportunities for rural and agricultural landowners. Representatives from Ontario Streams, Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Ontario Soil and Crop Association, the Region of Durham Planning Department, Durham Land Stewardship Council, Durham Sustain-Ability, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) and the Greenbelt Foundation, made presentations to approximately 50 participants.

The workshop featured the following topics:

  • Woodlot Management: A woodlot management specialist provided information on the environmental, recreational and economic aspects of managing a private woodlot. This included examples of good forestry practice and various programs available to landowners including: the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP); Conservation Land Tax Incentive Program (CLTIP); and, the Trees Ontario Program. Additionally, a representative of the Regional Planning Department provided an update on the new Regional Tree-Cutting By-law, including information on when permits are required for the removal of trees.

  • Alternative Energy: Durham Sustain-Ability provided a high level overview of the various alternative energy options available to power private dwellings, including: bio-fuel; bio-mass; geothermal; passive solar; photo voltaic; solar thermal; and wind energy.

  • Stream and Pond Enhancements: Ontario Streams provided an overview of their organization and examples of what landowners can do to protect and restore streams, ponds and wetlands.

  • Wildlife Management: MNR provided information on the challenges associated with wildlife management and actions landowners can take to discourage certain species from their property. There was specific discussion on, deer, bear, coyotes, geese, cougars and turkeys.

  • Environmental cost share opportunities: Representatives from Greenbelt Foundation, the LSRCA, the Oak Ridges Moraine Foundation, and the Environmental Farm Plan highlighted various environmental cost share programs available to farmers and rural landowners.