A program of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources linking landowners, land interest groups and agencies to encourage responsible land care on private land.
Ontario Stewardship – Ministry of Natural ResourcesThe Ministry of Natural Resources Ontario Stewardship program is a community-based initiative that brings together landowners, associations, resource agencies and individuals who share an interest in responsible land care and sustainable resource use. The program advocates stewardship as a tool for land management.
Participants in the program are encouraged to work together to
develop an ecosystem-approach for improving local stewardship and to create collaborative resource management tools.
The Ontario Stewardship network currently consists of community-based stewardship councils located throughout the province with further growth and expansion into northern Ontario anticipated. Councils are formed geographically by community and population.
Approximately 16,000 volunteers take part in more than 600 Ontario Stewardship projects every year, including natural resource education, shoreline restoration, wildlife habitat enhancement and forest-related, community-driven initiatives. These projects encourage local employment, increase the community’s capacity and help local leaders to direct resource initiatives in their areas.
Ontario Stewardship and the community councils are always looking for new partners, ideas and volunteers. To become involved in the program, contact your local stewardship council or visit our website at: www.ontariostewardship.org