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Natural Heritage System Presentation to Town of Mississippi Mills Council

On Tuesday May 20, 2014 (6:30 pm,  Town of Mississippi Mills, Council Chambers,  Municipal Office, 3131 Old Perth Road, Almonte)  there will be a presentation by Tineke Kuiper and MVFN’s Natural Heritage Design Committee  of a Concept Plan for a Natural Heritage System  for Mississippi Mills. In a short presentation, Tineke will outline the process involved in designing a Natural Heritage System. It is important for our Rural and Urban communities, as the NHS will include both. Extensive mapping for this project was provided by the Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority, as well as the Mississippi Madawaska Land Turst Conservancy.  Once the Concept plan is approved,  it is expected there will be public consultation by the town.

Come early to get a seat. Learn about this important milestone.

A Natural Heritage System (NHS),  which is made up of core natural areas that are linked together ecologically—mainly through rivers and creeks, should help the municipality in making appropriate decisions for sustainable development. Since the components of an NHS work together as a system (the whole is more than the sum of its parts), an NHS is ecologically more robust and resilient to change. This benefits both us and the wildlife that lives within it.

Are you concerned about Natural Heritage in Mississippi Mills? The landscape is certainly not what it was 200 years ago, when settlers first started to arrive here and began homesteading. Since then many of the original forests have been lost, but some of the areas not suitable for farming are now growing back. Some areas were never farmed. With new concerns on the horizon, such as climate change, it is important that we tread carefully and make sure that future rural development is sustainable. In this way, if we take care of nature, we will be able to continue to reap the benefits that nature offers us. While we certainly cannot set the clock back to the early 1800s, we can create a well-functioning facsimile—a Natural Heritage System (NHS), which although not as extensive as before, should serve us and the wildlife around us well into the future. In fact, the Province as of April 30, 2014 has made it obligatory for municipalities in our region to identify an NHS.

For an informative guide to NHS’s please see Ontario Nature’s recently released publication:  nhs-guide-web