Private landowners own most
Carolinian natural areas and their stewardship has conserved these
habitats to the present. We all depend on their continued good
stewardship to secure our natural heritage.
From 1987-1994, Carolinian Canada
sponsored ground-breaking landowner contact programs for
landowners in the 38
Carolinian Canada sites. That work resulted in private
landowners agreeing to conserve over 15,000 acres. Stewardship
awards were presented to many of these landowners. Many lessons
learned from this work has shaped the way private land stewardship
programs are designed today. This history of emphasizing
cooperative, voluntary approaches to conservation continues to
guide Carolinian Canada today.
Carolinian Canada offers
publications such as "Caring
for Your Land" for landowners and six fact sheets to
help guide private landowners in their stewardship of Carolinian
species and ecosystems.
Many conservation groups work with
landowners to provide information and assist landowners in making
good conservation choices for their properties. Conservation
authorities and stewardship
councils across the Carolinian zone assist landowners, as
Unlimited and Wildlife
Several conservation property
tax incentives are offered by Ontario including the
Conservation Land and Managed Forest Tax Incentive Programs. The
federal Ecological Gifts
is an incentive for land and easement donations.
Private land forestry is promoted
by the Ministry of Natural Resources through many
different publications. The Ontario
Woodlot Association also provides excellent publications
on forestry for private landowners including a silvicultural
guide for Carolinian and other forests
Farmers face particular challenges
in making a living from their land and conserving habitat as well.
Farm Plan program is tailored to assisting farmers in
developing a comprehensive environmental plan for their lands. Best
Management Practices publications offer practical guide to
many aspects of on-farm environmental management. Many rural
water quality programs also offer financial incentives to
farmers for water quality and habitat improvements.