? <div id='columnMain'>Enhancing Farmland Habitat </div> <div id='columnSide'> <h3>Have a Property in Rural Ontario?</h3> <p>Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.</p> <p>If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'</p> </div>

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Enhancing Farmland Habitat

Habitat restoration and farm productivity do not have to be either/or propositions. Improving wildlife habitat can also provide numerous benefits to your farm as well as to the region. For instance, many insects help pollinate farm crops and, together with birds, help control pests. The richer the biodiversity, the higher the farming quality will be.

There are also a wide array of technical and financial incentives for farmers to support habitat enhancement. Many "best practices" can be adopted which will enhance crop yields as well as biodiversity.

Occasionally a wildlife population can become out-of-balance causing costly damage to crops or livestock so it's necessary for farmers to choose various methods of control. Please check out our webpages for Living with Wildlife to see the options available.

Wetlands and Wildlife Ponds is an information sheet available on the Ontario Soil and Crop website. It is intended for farmers wanting to restore wetlands or ponds on their farm. Environmental Farm Plan funding may be available for these projects.

Woodlands and Wildlife is an information sheet available on the Ontario Soil and Crop website that provides actions farmers can take to improve their woodlots for both productivity and habitat and incorporate them into their farming systems.

Best Management Practices: Farm Forestry and Habitat Management is an OMAFRA publication which is available at no cost through Service Ontario at 1-800-668-9938.

Best Management Practices: Fish and Wildlife Habitat Management is an OMAFRA publication which is available at no cost through Service Ontario at 1-800-668-9938.

Burning Responsibly: Burning in a burn barrel, fire pit, fireplace or wood stove, emits a host of pollutants into our air. These pollutants don’t just contaminate our air; they also end up in our lakes. This tip sheet provides some alternatives to outdoor burning and explains which things should never be burned.

Stream, Ditch and Floodplain Management is an Info Sheet found on the Ontario Soil and Crop website. It explains the detrimental effect that erosion has on water quality and aquatic life. It provides advice on fencing options to prevent cattle from accessing watercourses. Conservation Ontario also has an excellent fact sheet on runoff and erosion protection best management practices. It describes a number of erosion control measures, including the importance of fencing cattle out water ways. OMAFRA has a Fact Sheet on Alternative Livestock Watering Systems that provides a number of options for providing water to cattle and avoiding the need to allow cattle access to a water way to get water.

Water Management is an OMAFRA Best Management Practice Guide book. It provides a comprehensive introduction for a typical farmstead (the home, the barn, natural areas, storages, and the well), identifying potential problem areas and what to do to reduce impacts and preserve quality and supply. Wetlands provide many benefits to rural landowners.

Soil Erosion - Causes and Effects is an OMAFRA fact sheet that explains the detrimental effect that erosion has on water quality and aquatic life. It provides advice on fencing options to prevent cattle from accessing watercourses.

Credit Valley Conservation has a series of facts sheets about Ponds and pond management.

Enhancing Wildlife and Biodiversity is a fact sheet which provides information on wildlife habitats in agricultural environments and outlines practices that can be implemented to lower risks to these habitats.

Management Options for Abandoned Farm Fields is an Extension Note which discusses several options for restoring abandoned farm fields and provides step-by-step instructions for choosing one that suits your property.

For more general information about ways you can attract wildlife to your property, please see our webpage titled Enhancing Wildlife Habitat.

Have a Property in Rural Ontario?

Nature In Deed® is a portal to a wide range of information and resources about living in a rural environment. You'll find links to people and resource agencies who can provide information on just about any property-related question you may have.

If you've never owned a property with a well or a septic system, where do you learn healthy ways to maintain them? If you're looking for information about managing your woodlot, about living with wildlife, about altering your shoreline or about starting up a small farm, we've done the research for you. If you want to talk to someone who has an understanding about specific local issues, then click on the link below for 'Who Can You Call for Help?'

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