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Ontario’s Natural Green 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.

Hullett Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area © DUC
Hullett Marsh Provincial Wildlife Area © DUC

Wondering if our work adds up?

Here is DUC’s conservation footprint in Ontario.
As of March 31, 2019

980,693 Acres Conserved

Since 1974

3,364 Landowners

Protecting vital habitat

4,152 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

Wetland conservation: an investment in “green jobs”

Wetland conservation: an investment in “green jobs”

We support "green jobs" to help us restore wetlands in rural communities Read Now

A natural motivator, a committed conservationist

A natural motivator, a committed conservationist

He’s been a fixture on DUC’s legendary fundraising scene for decades. It’s his attitude that stands out; his consistently encouraging approach inspires volunteers and supporters to strive for the title of DUC’s top-earning fundraising event year after year at their Toronto Conservation Dinner. Read Now

A butterfly in winter

A butterfly in winter

"I looked down at my mitt and thought I had a piece of bark on it. Upon closer inspection, it turned out to be a butterfly." Read Now

The power of small wetlands for clean water

The power of small wetlands for clean water

New research quantifies the role of restored wetlands in capturing phosphorus in agricultural watersheds Read Now

WATER MANAGEMENT WITH WETLANDS

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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