Guiding Principles & Priorities
A healthy natural landscape that is valued by the Huron County community, managed sustainably by landowners and other partners, and utilized in a balanced way for multiple benefits to the Huron community (e.g. economic, human health, recreation, etc.)
To advocate and implement responsible ecosystem-based management of our natural resources, through cooperative efforts of the Huron County community.
1. Natural Areas
The average forest cover in Huron County is approximately 15 percent, with some municipalities as low as 6 percent. Presence of wetlands is very low in some areas. Research suggests 20 to 30 percent forest cover and at least 10 percent wetland cover is needed to maintain ecological health. Some natural areas continue to be lost to agriculture, development and other pressures. Forest health and productivity is less than optimal (i.e. considering indicators such as stocking, tree size class representation, diversity of tree, shrub and woodland plant species, etc.)
2. Fish and Wildlife
Natural areas are a key habitat and are at lower than optimum levels. Fragmentation and size (i.e. interior) of existing habitat further reduce suitability. Channelization of watercourses as well as water quality and quantity issues impact the quality of aquatic habitat.
The quality of water for drinking and recreational purposes is an important issue in Huron County. Low water levels are impacting fish and wildlife habitat, wildlife populations, and recreational activities.