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Funds available to protect shorelines, habitat

Private landowners have an important role to play in habitat recovery and protection and the Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan‘s enhancement program can help.

“Shorelines are called the “ribbon of life” because they are where most aquatic life is born, raised or fed,” said Christine Jennings, Quinte Conservation. “By planting a shoreline garden you will be providing a home for many species like: turtles, frogs, and ducks, giving them a place to raise their young. Using native plants in your garden will provide wildlife with an abundant supply of food and the plant’s deep root systems will help prevent erosion and filter runoff, improving water quality. A lush shoreline garden can help prevent Canada geese from colonizing your lawn, since they prefer an unobstructed view to look out for predators.”

The cost-sharing program helps with habitat improvements to shoreline properties around the Bay of Quinte or to properties that are adjacent to a waterway/wetland that drains into the bay. Application deadline is April 30, 2014.

Other categories are Livestock Fencing and Waterway Planting Projects. The benefits of restricting livestock access to waterways includes: stabilizes stream banks, reduces erosion, improves water quality, protects herd health, better pasture management and improves fish and wildlife habitat.

“Landowners who implement a livestock fencing project are encouraged to add a planting project between the new fence and the waterway,” she said. “Waterway plantings create wildlife habitat, and the deep root systems of native plant species help to prevent erosion and filter runoff.”

There are five Habitat Enhancement categories: Shoreline Naturalization, Livestock Fencing, Waterway Planting, Habitat Improvements, and Wildlife Pond Habitat Creation.

Visit the web site for all the project criteria and available funding limits. www.bqrap.ca

If you have a habitat project in mind, contact:
Christine Jennings, Quinte Conservation, 613-968-3434 ext 106, cjennings@quinteconservation.ca

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