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We All Belong To a Watershed

While 95 per cent of Ontario’s population lives in watersheds managed by a Conservation Authority, we in Muskoka do not. Learn more about Muskoka’s watershed in We All Belong To a Watershed — MLA Yearbook 2020.

Provincially Significant Wetlands no longer safe from development

The Government of Ontario is showing its true colours with recent moves to ride roughshod over protections for Provincially Significant Wetlands.

Please join Ontario Nature in urging the Government of Ontario to respect and uphold protections for Provincially Significant Wetlands and to stop its misuse of Minister’s Zoning Orders.
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The Natural Edge

Shorelines are one of the richest environments on earth, but they are also among the most threatened.  Muskoka Watershed Council is excited to offer Watersheds Canada’s popular The Natural Edge program in the Muskoka area.

Afforestation

Forests sequester (take up and store) significant amounts of carbon from the atmosphere. When land is converted to forest, growing trees increase the carbon intake capacity of that land and the carbon stored in forest plants and soils.

In the Kyoto Protocol, afforestation is defined as the “direct human-induced conversion of land that has not been forested for a period of at least 50 years to forest land” (UNFCCC 2001). Canada uses the definition of 1 hectare minimum area and 25% canopy cover of trees that have the potential to reach 5 metres height at maturity.