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Durham Agricultural Advisory Committee (DAAC)

2009 Joint Land Stewardship Workshop

On Saturday, November 28, 2009 a workshop entitled “Practical Information and Tips for Landowners” was held at the Goodwood Community Centre, in the Township of Uxbridge. The workshop focused on providing practical information on land stewardship opportunities for rural and agricultural landowners.

Representatives from the Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR), Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure (MEI), Ontario Soil and Crop Association (OSCA), Region of Durham Works Department, Durham Environmental Advisory Committee, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority (GRCA), Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA) and Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority (CLOCA), made presentations to approximately 45 participants.

The workshop featured the following topics:

  • Woodlot Management: A forester from MNR provided information on the environmental and economic aspects of managing a private woodlot. This included examples of good forestry practice, including the proper implementation of harvest, renewal and maintenance activities that minimize detriments to woodlots, as well as various programs available to landowners, including the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program (MFTIP), Durham Regional Tree By-law, Trees Ontario Tree Planting Subsidy Programs and MNR’s 50 Million Tree Program.

  • Invasive Species: An ecologist from GRCA provided a presentation on the characteristics of invasive species, highlighting the most common terrestrial invasive plants of southern Ontario, such as the Dog-strangling Vine, Garlic Mustard, Common Buckthorn, Manitoba and Norway Maples, Scot’s Pine, Honeysuckles, Giant Hogweed, and the Kudzu Vine; the impacts of each species; and the most effective methods of controlling further spread of these invasive species.

  • Cost Sharing and Funding Programs: Representatives from LSRCA, OSCA, and MNR highlighted various environmental cost share programs available to farmers and rural landowners. This included Watershed Stewardship Programs offered by each of the five Conservation Authorities within Durham, the Environmental Farm Program, and the Lake Simcoe Community Stewardship Program.

  • Alternative and Renewable Energy Sources: A representative from MEI provided an overview of Ontario’s Green Energy Act and the newly created Renewable Energy Facilitation Office (REFO). Both facilitate the development of renewable energy projects and foster a culture of conservation by assisting homeowners, government, schools and industry to transition to lower and more efficient energy use. Additionally, a DEAC member provided details on how he converted his automobile to operate on used vegetable oil.

  • Land Stewardship Success Stories: A representative from CLOCA presented an example of a successful partnership in land and water stewardship at the Royal Ashburn Golf Club Wetland Conservation Area. Additionally, a representative from the Region of Durham Works Department provided a summary of the Used Tires Program, a province-wide initiative to collect and recycle used tires.