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Public Information Sessions planned about local Natural Heritage System

Posted on Wednesday November 14, 2018

Cobourg, ON – November 14, 2018 –  Northumberland County will host three public information sessions in November about work that is currently underway to develop a Natural Heritage System Plan.  A Natural Heritage System identifies the natural features in a community such as forests, lakes, rivers, valleys and wetlands, as well as how these features are linked.

“Natural Heritage Systems are vital to a community’s well-being and quality of life,” indicates County Land Use Planning & Inspection Services Manager Dwayne Campbell. “Northumberland County is creating a Natural Heritage System Plan to guide community growth in a way that preserves and enhances our natural environment for future generations.”

Using data from local municipalities as well as the province, historical mapping, area photography and other sources, the County has identified local natural features for inclusion in the plan, including:

  • Wetlands;
  • Woodlands;
  • Valleylands;
  • Significant wildlife habitats;
  • Habitats of endangered and threatened species;
  • Fish habitats
  • Watercourses; and
  • Areas of natural and scientific interest

The County is now working with project partner North-South Environmental to identify ecological linkages and draft policies related to these features. This plan, required by the provincial government as a partner document to the County’s Official Plan, will be finalized by the end of 2019.

To learn more about the natural features identified throughout Northumberland for this plan, and to provide input into this process, members of the public are invited to attend one of the following upcoming information sessions:

Details:            Natural Heritage System Plan: Information Session

Presentation: Lead Ecologists for this project will deliver two 15-min                                     presentations at each session, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Session 1:       November 26th, 2018
                          4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
                          Northumberland County Headquarters
                          555 Courthouse Road, Cobourg

Session 2:       November 28th, 2018
                          4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
                          Cramahe Township Municipal Office 
                          1 Toronto Street, Colborne

Session 3:       November 29th, 2018
                          4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. 
                          Clock Tower Cultural Centre
                          36 Front Street South, Campbellford

Information is also available at NorthumberlandCounty.ca/NaturalHeritage.

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