Did you know that nearly one quarter (24%) of all of Canada’s wetlands are found in Ontario’s Boreal region?
This vast landscape of forests, lakes, rivers and lowlands – stretching from the shores of Lake Superior to the shoreline of Hudson’s Bay – produces 80% of Ontario’s waterfowl (nearly 2.6 million breeders)! While breeding densities (1-2/km2) across the forest are relatively low compared to the hotspots seen in Canada’s western Boreal, the size and amount of habitat spread out across Northern Ontario make it an important waterfowl producer.
Ontario’s Far North remains largely intact, however accelerated developments for minerals, energy and other resources, including associated infrastructure, are increasing the pressure across this important region.
Development and climate change will significantly impact the land, waterways and people. Due to the tremendous importance of this region, DUC is working to help ensure balanced decisions are made today to sustain these values for tomorrow.
Our work in Ontario will seek to advance solutions that balance protection of waterfowl habitat, and ensure developments proceed in an environmentally sustainable manner. We are focusing on building partnerships, and supporting the many people, local communities, government and industry who live and work in this significant landscape. Learn more.
- Maintain habitat to support the 2.6 million breeding waterfowl, and the migratory and staging populations of waterfowl, using Ontario’s boreal
- Maintain “no net loss” of waterfowl habitat through the boreal
DUC recognizes that strategic planning with measurable goals will be the key to success. Our program intends to:
- Focus on waterfowl and wetland conservation, including protection and ecological sustainable land use practices
- Support land use planning to achieve balance between conservation and development
- Promote policy work that is science-based
- Work with industry, government, First Nations communities and others to develop beneficial management practices to minimize development impacts on wetlands and waterfowl
- Work co-operatively with partners such as the province, First Nations, industry and others
- Work in both the Far North and Commercial Forests of Ontario’s boreal, concurrently