The Toronto Field Naturalists have recently submitted comments to an online survey hosted by the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) about the role of our province’s conservation authorities (CAs). But with numerous developer-sponsored lobbying groups pushing to limit the scope and mandate of conservation authorities, it is vital that individual Ontarians speak out as well in support of the role our CAs play in protecting nature.
The ministry’s survey asks for input on conservation authority programs, the conservation authority model, their planning and permitting roles as well as how they’re governed and whether or not they are effective partners. You only have until March 13 to fill out the survey yourself and stress the important work being done by conservation authorities to protect and restore natural lands and biodiversity. Examples and personal observations would be especially helpful.
To learn more:
- check out Ontario Nature’s advice on filling out the government’s survey.
- see the perspective provided by Conservation Ontario – the umbrella group for all conservation authorities in Ontario.
- Opinion piece in the Toronto Star about conservation authorities