“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.
We are transitioning our infrastructure and operations from grey to green with low impact development features for stormwater retention and rainwater management.Headquarters Low Impact Development
This ongoing restoration project is transforming an under-used municipal park into a beautiful natural area with wetland features and more than 60 native species of trees, shrubs and flowers.Flamborough Centre Park
This restoration project will include narrowing the section of Bronte Creek that runs through the area, constructing a number of small wetlands and planting native species.Carlisle Conservation Area
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
Conservation Halton is in the assessment phase for a restoration project at the Maplehurst Corrections Centre in Milton, where 38 percent of the property in a high-risk flood zone, according to provincial standards.Maplehurst Correctional Facility
Located in the community of Waterdown within the City of Hamilton, Joe Sams Leisure Park is a recreation park where Conservation Halton carried out a restoration project to create wildlife habitat, increase biodiversity and restore the natural features and functions of Grindstone Creek where it runs through the park.
Project Management Services
Conservation Halton has an ecological restoration team with experience providing a range of restoration and conservation project management services to achieve positive outcomes for your project, the environment, and the community.
Some areas of specialty include:
With over 50 years of experience protecting, restoring, and managing the natural resources in the watershed, and serving the residents of our communities, Conservation Halton maximizes the expertise of our staff and the resources of our partners to ensure efficient and effective outcomes from project development to implementation, to support our core mandate of watershed management. Project management staff, who are trained as restoration ecologists, manage the project from beginning to end. This streamlined approach to planning, implementation, and monitoring helps ensure that there is transparency, accountability, reliability and timeliness.
Our in-house restoration team is qualified to complete a variety of detailed project designs, but for projects that require stamped engineering drawings, designs are completed through a public procurement process. Conservation Halton works with in-house staff and consultants to ensure projects that meet or exceed client expectations as well as planning and permitting requirements. Conservation Halton is focused on innovative and practical solutions, high quality designs and a smooth permitting process, thanks to our experience with regulatory agencies.
Conservation Halton takes a hands-on approach to construction management in order to ensure that actions throughout the implementation stage are successful. As an additional benefit, our team often performs tasks such as site preparation, invasive species management, planting, wildlife habitat feature installation, and monitoring, as part of project implementation. Also, we often find solutions for local material use and re-use as a result of our many local partnerships, which reduce project cost.
Conservation Halton staff are experienced in securing and implementing projects to satisfy a variety of compensation requirements to be completed through your project approval. For instance, our team has extensive knowledge of the Endangered Species Act and project opportunities to fulfill overall benefit requirements, as well as restoration services resulting from Fisheries Act Fish Habitat Compensation, environmental assessment processes, municipal tree by-laws and others.
Fee-for-service conservation agreements outline the responsibilities of Conservation Halton and the client. Conservation Halton charges a full cost-recovery for services. Previous clients have included municipalities, the province of Ontario, utility service providers, members of the development community, and many more.
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