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About Us

The Huron Stewardship Council is a community based organization that is seeking to promote responsible resource stewardship through networking, cooperation and collaboration of efforts between various organizations and individuals in Huron County. The Council is comprised of nine to eleven volunteer members from a variety of backgrounds in the Huron County community, including agriculture, education, outdoor recreation, nature appreciation and other interests. As we enter the 21st Century, we are becoming more and more aware of the need to become…

Strategic Direction

Following is our Vision, Mission, Principles and Resource Priorities. Scroll further down for links to view our Terms of Reference, Annual Report and our current Work Plan.   Our Vision  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.).   Our Mission To advocate and implement responsible ecosystem-based management of our natural resources,…

Current Projects

The Huron Stewardship Council is currently working with a number of partners on a variety of projects. To view information on some recent or ongoing projects, check out our most recent Annual Report. Featured Projects Trees Beyond Goderich: Rural Disaster Relief through Reforestation Huron County’s Queensnake Recovery Project

Rescued Baby Turtles Released into Morrison Dam Reservoir

  Over 130 snapping turtle hatchlings were released on Sept 1st, 2016 at the Morrison Dam Conservation Area east of Exeter. The turtle release event was held to raise awareness about threats turtles face, as well as raise money for the Ontario Turtle Conservation Center (OTCC). The public was invited to come and release a baby turtle in exchange for a donation to the OTCC. All the turtle hatchlings were from eggs that were either laid in unsuitable locations, or…

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Turtle release September 1st!

You are invited to help release turtle hatchlings, and learn more about local turtles Eggs from species-at-risk Snapping Turtles recovered, incubated; Local people can release Snapping Turtle hatchlings into wild on September 1 in exchange for donation to Turtle Conservation Centre Local people have a rare chance to release local species-at-risk turtle hatchlings into the wild. Those who want to release a Snapping Turtle hatchling or learn more about local turtles are invited to visit the Morrison Dam Conservation Area, 2…

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It’s in our nature: BioBlitz 2016 results

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the BioBlitz on June 25th at Ontario Nature‘s George G. Newton Reserve.  It was a hot day, but beautiful tromping around the woodland looking for plants and critters.  The hiking paths had been cleared this spring by the Huron Fringe Field Naturalists, who steward the property.  In the morning we split into two groups: a group looking for plants, and another for reptiles and amphibians. In the afternoon Tom Lobb, a local…

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Join us for Bioblitz 2016

On Saturday June 25th, the Huron Stewardship Council will be cohosting a free all ages event called a ‘bioblitz’ with Ontario Nature and the Huron Fringe Field Naturalists.  You are invited to join expert biologists for a hike at the George G. Newton Reserve, where you’ll learn about local plants and animals. This event is great for families, amateur naturalists, hikers, … really, everyone who is interested in learning more about nature! In a bioblitz, our goal is to identify…

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World Turtle Day Fundraiser Drew Crowds to Goderich Square; Raised Much Needed Funds for Turtle Hospital

In honour of World Turtle Day, the Huron Stewardship Council staff organized a fundraiser on the May long weekend to raise funds for the Ontario Turtle Conservation Center and to raise awareness about turtles on the road this time of the year. Our booth at the Goderich Square featured live native turtles and snakes, and original turtle paintings (created by some of Ontario’s turtles!). We spoke to thousands of people over the course of two days, and handed out turtle…

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Back to Blacker!

Thank you to everyone who joined us to get Back to Blacker.  We had a little bit of rain to cool us down while we planted 400 hardwood trees. The good news was we had lots of helping hands.   From people who helped prepare the site ahead of time (mowing, digging holes), to moving trees around the site, trucking in mulch, and of course getting the trees in the ground, it truly took a team effort to get everything…

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Back to Blacker: tree planting May 7

Where?  Blacker Property on Highway 8 (Huron Road), 5 km from Goderich.  The property is owned and managed by the Nature Conservancy of Canada (NCC). When?  May 7, 2016, 11:30am to 3pm To register, click here. Join NCC, HSC, and Maitland Valley Conservation Authority staff on Saturday May 7th as we go ‘Back to Blacker‘ to continue our restoration of a former agricultural field to a beautiful mixed forest characteristic of the Lower Maitland River Valley. By planting native deciduous trees to augment the…

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Lower Maitland River Video

Our friends at the Lower Maitland Stewardship Group have produced a video showcasing the breathtaking views of the Lower Maitland River – one of the healthiest river systems in Southern Ontario.  Below is an excerpt from their website. As the river twists and turns through Ontario’s West Coast, the sights you can see from your canoe, paddle board, or along the 50 km of trails are stunning! We know all who experience it agree that the Lower Maitland is a gem…

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Conservation Through Education: Reptile Outreach Changes Attitudes

Another season over, another month of species at risk outreach completed, a new batch of reptile ambassadors ready to help a turtle or snake cross the road. Huron Stewardship Council staff (myself, Monique Aarts, Lauren Schmuck) and our loyal volunteer Bill Dineen, embarked on a mission this fall to reach most schools in and around Huron County with a science-based Reptiles at Risk educational outreach program. The hour-long presentation used live, native reptiles and taught students about the risks to…

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“Wildlife Crossing” signs to be put up in Huron County

One of the HSC’s many land stewardship goals is to protect wildlife by preserving natural habitat, supporting biodiversity, and increasing the connectedness of our natural areas. To help achieve this goal, we have undertaken a pilot project to erect twelve “wildlife crossing” signs within Huron County. The signs feature the silhouette of a turtle and a snake and reminds drivers to slow down and drive with caution in areas where reptiles (turtles and snakes) are known to cross the road.…

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