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Credit River Watershed and Region of Peel Natural Areas Inventory


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 What is a Natural Areas Inventory?

A Natural Areas Inventory of a specific region collects a list of:

  • biological resources
  • species
  • ecological features

 Why is a Natural Areas Inventory needed?

As one of the fastest growing regions in Canada, the Region of Peel is facing a lot of development pressure. An understanding of what is present in natural areas and how these areas function in the landscape to maintain a healthy environment is essential.

The Natural Areas Inventory project brings natural area information together, organizes it and fills knowledge gaps through field work. This project is a great milestone for natural areas research and will become the central reference source for naturalists, biologists, and planners.

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 Where is this Natural Areas Inventory taking place?

The study area for this Natural Areas Inventory includes the Region of Peel and the Credit River watershed. The Region of Peel is a regional municipality with a population of about 1.3 million, that includes the area municipalities of City of Mississauga, City of Brampton, and Town of Caledon. The Credit River watershed starts near Orangeville, drains the countryside around Hillsburgh, Erin, Acton, the west half of Caledon and Brampton and most of Mississauga. The Credit River empties into Lake Ontario at Port Credit. You can find thousands of natural areas throughout this study area.

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 When was this Natural Areas Inventory done?

This Natural Areas Inventory was initiated in 2007 and the first field work occurred in 2008. Field work continues in key locations each year. Some of these locations have not been inventoried previously; some required updated information. High quality existing data less than 20 years old is also incorporated from consultant and government biologist's reports.

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 Who is involved?

Led by Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), this NAI project is a collaborative effort between CVC, the Halton/North Peel Naturalist Club, the South Peel Naturalists' Club, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and the Region of Peel. Hundreds of landowners have welcomed NAI biologists onto their properties, as much of the NAI field work is carried out on private property. Landowners play a special role in caring for and protecting natural areas and their co-operation and assistance in this project is very much appreciated.

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CVC and the naturalists clubs jointly applied for, and received, a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation that initiated the project. The generous financial support provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation is greatly appreciated.
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