“Ecological restoration” is the process of supporting and assisting the recovery of an ecosystem that is degraded, damaged or destroyed.
Restoration is a key element of conservation, so it is important for Conservation Halton to identify strategic opportunities for restoration that will provide the most benefit to ecosystem function. As a result, restoration projects are often carried out on properties owned by Conservation Halton, as well as other privately-owned and publicly-owned properties, often in collaboration with municipal, provincial and federal partners, businesses and community groups.
These restoration projects not only make our communities more beautiful and create opportunities for recreation, but they provide habitat for wildlife species, improve the natural functions of our environments and make our watershed more resilient to climate change.
In 2020, Conservation Halton turned 2 hectares (5 acres) of empty field that was prone to flooding in Flamborough Centre Park into a wetland with native plant species and wildlife habitat features.Flamborough Centre Park
Established in 2015, the Hopkins Tract of the Pleasant View Natural Area in Dundas is a 24 hectare (59 acre) property with deep ravines, deciduous oak forests and rare indicator species.Hopkins Tract
In 2018, Conservation Halton restored 210 metres of Sixteen Mile Creek at Drumquin Park in Milton to support the natural creek function, improve fish habitat and increase biodiversity.Drumquin Park
In 2018, Conservation Halton restored and created new wetlands, woodlands and meadows at Loyalist Woods in Oakville, which is part of the 900 hectare (2220 acre) Oakville Natural Heritage System.Loyalist Woods
Established in 2008, the 401 hectare (990 acres) Glenorchy Conservation Area in Oakville, protects lands distinguished by the Sixteen Mile Creek gorge, forested slopes, headwater creeks, wetlands and shale bluffs.Glenorchy
In 2016, Conservation Halton restored 170 metres of Bronte Creek at Courtcliffe Park in Carlisle, to support the natural creek function, improve fish habitat and increase biodiversity.Courtcliffe Park