The term “Conservation” refers to the philosophy that environmental resources must be managed to ensure continued availability for present and future generations.
D&A staff proudly contribute to the conservation of Ontario’s natural resources through nearly all of our projects by providing expert advice on how resources such as flora, fauna and their habitats can be preserved, protected, managed or restored.
Whether conservation is your primary focus or is a component of an approval process, D&A can assist you in developing a project approach that meets your conservation objectives.
D&A staff work with agencies such as Conservation Authorities, Municipalities, and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources who administer conservation related legislation. Our knowledgeable staff routinely apply conservation principles resulting in scientifically based, defensible advice. While each project has a unique focus and set of goals, the majority of projects include a conservation component, or present some opportunity for conservation.
D&A provide expert services for the following conservation related tasks:
- Vegetation and wildlife surveys for stewardship & management planning
- Significant Wildlife Habitat assessment
- Land stewardship planning
- Conservation prioritization & feasibility studies
- Establishing restoration priorities
- Developing mitigation/restoration plans to address anticipated environmental impacts
Conservation is integral to the D&A project approach and is part of our overall work philosophy. We have decades of experience balancing clients needs with legislative requirements and scientific principles of conservation.
The following demonstrate D&A’s successful approach to conservation planning and management:
- Creative approaches to conservation efforts: O’Connor Park turtle rescue, Red Hill Creek Re-alignment & Owen rare plant salvage;
- Large scale conservation studies: City of Guelph Natural Heritage System Strategy, Credit Valley Watershed Wetland Restoration Strategy, Niagara Water Quality Protection Strategy & Creditview Wetland Conservation Plan;
- Conservation policy interpretation to governments and conservation authorities: Peel – Caledon Significant Woodlands & Significant Wildlife Habitat Study; and
- Community conservation efforts: Pro bono service to assist with the Ignatius Jesuit Centre “Plant an Old Growth Forest” initiative.