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​​​Landowner Stewardship Resources

Agricultural Best Management Practices

Agricultural Soil Health, Conservation & Erosion Reduction

All about Algae

Cover Crops

Cover crops can increase soil fertility, organic matter, add nitrogen, suppress weeds, nematode suppression, reduce compaction and reduce water and wind erosion.  These cover crop selection tools can help you choose the best species mixes for your farm:

Flooding - Be Flood Ready

The Government of Canada has launched a new website flood risks: Flood Ready provides an overview of overland flooding, cost of flooding, reasons to be flood ready, quiz on flood risks, step-by-step guide on making properties and communities safer, ways to build flood-readiness into a property, as well as community flood planning steps, tools and government programs. 

The Green Pages: Watershed Business Directory

Business contacts for all your stewardship projects!

Dealing with Invasive Species

Mapping Tools

Mapping tools can help view air photos of your property, measure distances, check regulated areas, design your project, check soil mapping, Canada Land Inventory, etc:

Planting for Pollinators

Protecting your Soil

Protecting your Water

Septic System ​​Inspection & ​Upgrades

Shoreline Restoration

Well Care & Maintenance


  • Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food windbreak videos (topics including planting, maintenance and success stories)​
  • ​Multi-functional Windbreaks: Design Options and Economic EvaluationIn 2011-2012, the NVCA and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA), with the support of the provincial Lake Simcoe funding program, undertook a multi-phase windbreak project that included a report, workshops and a survey of farmers in the NVCA watershed.​​
  • Shelterbelt Planting GuideThe planning, planting and maintenance of farm windbreaks, shelterbelts and hedgerows.  How to design for reduced wind based soil erosion, increased crop yield, reduced odours, cooling/heating efficiency for the home and barn, and reduced snow drift/white-outs. (Andre Vezina, 2005)
  • Shelterbelt MaintenanceA detailed guide on how to maintain farm shelterbelts or windbreaks, from initial establishment to replacement trees. (Andre Vezina, 2008)
  • The Benefits of Windbreaks - Extension NotesA fact sheet on how windbreaks work and their benefits to: reducing erosion, crop yield and quality, livestock productivity, snow control, energy efficiency, wood harvest, and wildlife. (Landowner Resource Centre and the University of Toronto's Faculty of Forestry, 1994)
  • The Floraview Farm Project - Shelterbelt Case StudyA case study published by the Grand River Conservation Authority reviewing the success of using planted trees to create a shelterbelt on a dairy farm near Elmira, Ontario.

Woodlot Management & Forestry

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