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Landowners sought by LTVCA for wetland restoration project

Officials at the Lower Thames Valley Conservation Authority (LTVCA) are looking for some landowners to partner up with them to make more safe spaces for local wildlife and plant life.

In an effort to restore wetlands throughout the region, LTVCA is asking landowners to offer up some space for the good of the environment.

"Wetlands are natural features that occur in low-lying areas where water tends to pool for long periods of time. This creates a unique habitat for a large diversity of plant and animal species," explained Michael Young, wetlands and stewardship technician with LTVCA. "Wetlands are often considered giant sponges or filters for our water systems from their ability to slow water, trap in contaminants, and consume excess nutrients before they enter our rivers and lakes.”

On top of water management, Young said these ecosystems can also help reduce erosion and sedimentation.

Those interested in working on this project with LTVCA can reach out to Michael via phone at 519-354-7310 or email at stewardship@ltvca.ca.

If you are unsure whether your property falls within the conservation authority's jurisdiction, Young encourages landowners to reach out for information.

Properties along the watershed - between Lighthouse Cove and Delaware - may qualify for the program. At least two acres of land will be required to ensure an ample habitat can be created around the wetland.

After contacting LTVCA, Young says a site visit will be scheduled and technicians will come and see if the land is suitable for restoration. If found appropriate, the area will be excavated so it can hold water and native vegetation will be established around it.

Young said conservationists will work alongside property owners to design the wetland and obtain any permits necessary for the process. Most of the construction work takes place during summer and fall.

LTVCA is trying to get these projects funded through their partners and their own programs in order to take the financial burden off the landowner.


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