Nature Canada's mission is to conserve and protect nature, Canada's natural diversity of plant and animal species and their environment. On this site you can find information on endangered species, parks and protected areas, nature watch programs and what you can do locally to become a steward of nature.
They work to protect entire landscapes and whole ecosystems so that all wildlife-common and rare, plants and animals-are protected for the benefit of Canadians.
Nature Canada operates under these guiding principles:
Environment Canada's Take Action for the Environment website provides a place to share information and successes, find answers to your questions, network with others, discover organizations involved and become a part of the environmental learning and sustainability movement in Canada.
The Stewardship Canada Network is a federal government site that supports organizations with information and useful contact links.
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Ontario Stewardship is a model developed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources to empower people to take part in stewardship activities in their own communities. The Ontario Stewardship Network establishes a connection with various organizations and encourages an ecosystem approach. It also provides links to many local stewardship organizations.
The program sets out to improve stewardship of our natural resources, to create a collaborative resource management model, and to implement a model of influence.
Centre for Sustainable Watersheds is a resource for individuals, lake associations and other community water stewardship groups who are interested in protecting and conserving lakes and watercourses across Canada. They have developed a number of tools to help share information and build capacity so that communities can play a larger role in ensuring sustainable use of shared resources.
The LandOwner Resource Centre assists landowners by providing them with the information they need to make wise, informed decisions for their property. They provide quick, efficient and user-friendly service to find appropriate landowner resources.
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In January 2013 the Muskoka Conservancy was born out of the amalgamation of the Muskoka Heritage Foundation and Muskoka Heritage Trust. While their name has changed, their mission is the same – "To nurture, conserve, and protect Muskoka's natural and built heritage for future generations!"
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The Muskoka Watershed Council is committed to the enhancement of the health and sustainability of those watersheds lying partially or totally within the District Municipality of Muskoka.
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The Lake of Bays Heritage Foundation is a community-based, non-profit organization committed to protecting the natural, built and cultural heritage of Lake of Bays, covering the Township of Lake of Bays. The Foundation's activities focus on the long term, with a view to preserving the natural heritage for future generations.
The Muskoka Lakes Association has a long-term committment on behalf of the community to monitor, protect and enhance the environmental resourses of the Muskoka Lakes area. The Water Quality Initiative (WQI), dating back to 2000, is a formal scientifically-based monitoring program that complements monitoring programs of other agencies.
The Georgian Bay Association works with water-based communities and other stakeholders to ensure stewardship of the greater Georgian Bay environment and to promote the quiet enjoyment of its diverse and finite spaces. The Georgian Bay Land Trust purchases and maintains significant properties and provides education about environmental issues.
GBBR Inc. is a non-profit organization that works through partnerships to balance conservation with sustainable economic development. They accomplish their work by networking with conservation organizations, community groups, as well as the educational and scientific communities located in the region. The website contains many resources for educators as well as an extensive section on Species at Risk.
FOCA is a non-profit, voluntary organization representing over 500 Ontario cottagers' associations. FOCA acts as an information centre and provides assistance and leadership on many vital issues affecting cottage properties.
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They provide representation, assistance and leadership to and for cottagers' associations on issues affecting their interests, and to encourage good environmental stewardship.
Their priorities are:
Contact your local Cottagers' Association for more stewardship programs relating to your area.