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Ontario’s Natural Infrastructure

The need for wetland conservation to support a healthy and prosperous Ontario has never been greater.

Wetlands are part of Ontario’s watersheds, connecting across the province in a natural mosaic that sustains plants, animals and people alike. To drain or degrade wetlands here and there is like chipping a hole in the collective water pipe that sustains all of us.

Without clean water, communities face declining health and opportunity. Families without clean water spend time and resources just to reach a baseline of security. Picture the Ontario that you want to live in. Now picture this beautiful province without the living things that need clean water to function or live. Pollution, climate change and competing land uses are affecting forests, wetlands, lakes and streams.

Wetlands are a natural solution.

Owen Steele, DUC's head of conservation, at Hullett Marsh © DUC
Owen Steele, DUC's head of conservation, at Hullett Marsh © DUC

Wondering if our work adds up?

Here is DUC’s conservation footprint in Ontario.
As of March 31, 2020

993,708 Acres Conserved

Since 1974

3,397 Landowners

Protecting vital habitat

4,316 Habitat Projects

Under our care

Ontario municipalities spend an annual average of $218,148 on invasive-species management, per Invasive Species Centre research. We must avoid a “point of no return” where costs outpace the ability of rural municipalities to protect themselves.
Ontario municipalities spend an annual average of $218,148 on invasive-species management, per Invasive Species Centre research. We must avoid a “point of no return” where costs outpace the ability of rural municipalities to protect themselves. © DUC

Invasive Species

Invasive species are changing the land and water we love. They overwhelm habitat, choking out native wildlife and vegetation. They spread aggressively and hold their ground stubbornly. Turning back invasive species takes science, engineering and commitment.

Learn more about our work with these aquatic invasive species:


The Latest Stories from Ontario

Sharing their wetland journey

Sharing their wetland journey

Parker Beaudry and his mom, Jenn, who is a DUC conservation specialist, explored Ontario wetlands together this summer. Parker shared his experiences on social media, earning him Wetland Hero honours. Read Now

The power of relationships

The power of relationships

Donor’s spirit of giving lives on through her conservation legacy. Read Now

Building Nature: Habitat Restoration and Compensation

Building Nature: Habitat Restoration and Compensation

A science-based approach to establishing ecosystems. Read Now

Father and son team up to clean up Ottawa Wetland Centre of Excellence

Father and son team up to clean up Ottawa Wetland Centre of Excellence

BUILDING NATURE

Ontario Resources for You

Wetland Restoration

Wetland Restoration

If wetlands have been drained or altered on your land, we can help you bring them back to life.

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Wood Duck Nest Boxes

Wood Duck Nest Boxes

Watch our wood duck nest box installation series.

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