Stretching from Toronto to Windsor, the Carolinian Life Zone of southwestern Ontario is among North America’s most vibrant and fragile ecoregions. Carolinian Canada Coalition (CCC) brings together diverse sectors, people and governments to collaboratively steward southwestern Ontario’s unique habitat network, green infrastructure to support thriving wild and human communities in harmony for generations.
Carolinian Canada Coalition has developed a series of strategies to address landscape-scale natural heritage planning, protection, restoration and stewardship in southwestern Ontario in collaboration with the conservation community.Hard copies are $5 each, unless otherwise noted (if available). Downloads are free.
Practical Options for the Greening of Carolinian Canada (2002)
Noted conservation author Ron Reid has worked in collaboration with the Management Committee of Carolinian Canada to prepare a paper that looks at a variety of conservation tools that might be used to advance the conservation and restoration of a natural heritage system for Carolinian Canada. A summary of the paper was distributed to participants and the issues raised were featured in the presentations throughout Carolinian Canada Day on May 31st, 2002 at the annual meeting of Ontario Nature (formerly the Federation of Ontario Naturalists).
Carolinian Canada Big Picture (2001)
The Carolinian Canada Conservation Strategy called for the development of a Big Picture, a bioregional vision of an integrated network of core habitat areas and connecting green links that could produce a healthy and sustainable environment in Carolinian Canada. Twenty scientists from a wide variety of agencies, organizations and institutions helped to guide the development of the Big Picture map at the Natural Heritage Information Centre (NHIC). A sophisticated analysis using the best available data has produced a map that projects a natural heritage network that will require a significant increase in the amount of natural cover within the region.
The Big Picture vision is meant to be accomplished over several generations through thousands of local initiatives. The Big Picture is the new conservation paradigm for southwestern Ontario, a unifying concept that can connect the work of groups, agencies and individuals in communities throughout the region. Work continues that collects and incorporates more data into the analysis. Local projects refine and enhance the vision to bring it to life in concrete projects and municipal policy. Carolinian Canada promotes the vision as widely as possible and plans to monitor our progress towards restoring our home place.
Since its release, the Big Picture has been incorporated into numerous plans, from local to international. For example, it has provided the basis for the Ontario Nature Greenway program the Nature Conservancy of Canada's Conservation Blueprint. Its concepts have been incorporated in the City of London Official Plan and many other municipal planning exercises.
Carolinian Canada Conservation Strategy (1996)
In 1996, the development of a conservation strategy was commissioned by the Carolinian Canada Steering Committee. At that time, Ontario was undergoin a major shift of responsibilities from the province to municipal governments. At the same time, conservation programs were also in a period of rapid change. Because of these changes, a new focus was developed for Carolinian Canada. A program more community-oriented that addresses the landscape rather than individual sites and one that builds broad support would have better prospects for success in the future.
Carolinian Canada Signature Sites (1984)
In 1984 a joint project of the World Wildlife Fund Canada (WWF), the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC) and the Ontario Heritage Foundation (OHF) was established to identify the critical unprotected natural areas in Carolinian Canada. The selection committee identified 38 sites which would become known as the Carolinian Canada Signature Sites. For the next decade these sites would be at the centre of conservation activity in the region and would emerge as the dominant conservation paradigm.
In addition to the Carolinian Canada program there were also extensive stewardship programs run by local lead agencies for the development and implementation of projects that best suited local conditions and circumstances. Collectively these programs connected with thousands of individual private landowners.
For more information on the Signature Sites, explore our Signature Sites Page
The original report is currently out of print. Copies were distributed to lead partners such as conservation authorities.
The Carolinian Canada Signature Sites Guide, published in 2005, summarizes significant features and community action at each site. It is available for purchase through the CC Shop.