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Natural Heritage System Plan

Northumberland County is creating a Natural Heritage System Plan to guide community growth in a way that preserves and enhances our natural environment for future generations. This plan will be completed by the end of 2019, and will be a partner document to our Official Plan.

About Natural Heritage Systems

A Natural Heritage System identifies the natural features in a community such as forests, lakes, rivers, valleys and wetlands, as well as how these features are linked.

Such systems are vital to a community’s well-being and quality of life. These natural features provide many ecosystem services such as pollination, clean water, and soil erosion control which support healthy rural areas and urban areas within the County.

About Northumberland County’s Natural Heritage System Plan

Using data from local municipalities as well as the province, historical mapping, area photography and other sources, we have identified local natural features for inclusion in the plan, including:

  • Wetlands;
  • Woodlands;
  • Valleylands;
  • Significant wildlife habitats;
  • Habitats of endangered and threatened species;
  • Fish habitats
  • Watercourses; and
  • Areas of natural and scientific interest

We are now working with project partner North-South Environmental to identify the ecological linkages and draft policies related to these features. View the Natural Heritage System Background Report for additional information.

Learn more

To learn more about the natural features identified throughout Northumberland for the County’s Natural Heritage System Plan, and to provide input into this process, members of the public are invited to attend one of the following information sessions:

Details:  Natural Heritage System Plan: Information Session

Presentation: Lead Ecologists for this project will deliver two 15-min presentations at each session, at 4:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

Session 1:      November 26th, 2018
                        4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
                        Northumberland County Headquarters
                        555 Courthouse Road, Cobourg

Session 2:      November 28th, 2018
                        4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
                        Cramahe Township Municipal Office
                        1 Toronto Street, Colborne

Session 3:      November 29th, 2018
                        4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.           
                        Clock Tower Cultural Centre
                        36 Front Street South, Campbellford

Share your feedback

If you would like to provide suggestions, comments or concerns about the Public Information Session or the National Heritage System Plan, please complete our Natural Heritage System Plan Feedback Form.

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