Being a good steward of rural property in the Credit River watershed just became a little easier!
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Landowner Action Fund, a new countryside stewardship incentive program that supports rural non-farm landowners with the implementation of beneficial land and water management practices.
In development since 2012, the Landowner Action Fund was designed based on findings of a 2011 survey of over 250 watershed landowners and in consultation with Conservation Ontario, Region of Peel and CVC restoration specialists. The Landowner Action Fund was formally adopted by CVC Board of Directors at their July 2014 board meeting.
Thanks to the support of our municipal funding partners, the Landowner Action Fund is able to offer technical support as well as grants for rural property owners to carry out environmental projects such as upgrading wells, restoring streams, planting trees, controlling invasive plants and more. Grants range from 50 to 100 per cent up to a maximum grant amount. Grant rates are determined based on an evaluation of the project’s environmental impact in order to focus funds where they can have the greatest benefit.
To be eligible, landowners must complete a Landowner Action Plan. To do this, landowners attend a one-day Caring for Your Land and Water or Caring for Your Horse and Farm workshop. Staff guide participants through an assessment of their property to help determine what kind of environmental improvements are best.
The program is modeled after the very successful Environmental Farm Plan and complements CVC’s stewardship incentive programming for farm properties such as the Peel and Wellington Rural Water Quality programs.
Caring for Your Land and Water Workshop
Saturday, March 7, 2015
9:30 am to 2:30 pm
Erin Centre 2000
To register: www.creditvallyca.ca/events
For more detailed program guidelines and project categories visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/landowneractionfund