Grand River Conservation Authority owed lands strategically located in core natural areas of the Grand River watershed. These lands were all agricultural fields within the riparian zone and/or adjacent to wetlands. These posed threats of high sediment, nutrient, and/or pesticide deliver to aquatic systems. The project converted erodible farmland to relatively low maintenance communities of native species, specifically, riparian forest and grassland communities. Invasive plant species were also treated to prevent them from dominating the newly restored areas. A total of 16 miles of stream and riparian habitat was restored. This project contributed to the improvement of habitat through creating buffers, linking habitat, and enlarging habitat in the watershed.
GRCA lands, ON