? <div id='columnMain'>Nature In Deed - Where's Your Property </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>

Nature In Deed

WHERE'S YOUR PROPERTY

Stewardship planning topographic mapThe environment does not recognize political boundaries or fence lines. It's important to understand the impact of the wider landscape on your property as well as the effect of your actions on your neighbours. How we manage our woodlots, shorelines and farm fields has a much greater effect than we ever imagined.

One of the first things that new rural landowners commonly do is buy a topographical map of their region. You can create your own topographic map by going to Make a Topographic Map. The Land Information Ontario (LIO) Topographic Map Viewer allows you to make your own topographic map of any part of Ontario. The data includes various topographic features such as roads, water, contours as well as lot lines and aerial images for all of Ontario. You're probably quite interested to know how the stream on your property fits into the watershed. You will want to know what affects the water level in your stream, how clean the water is and what fish species are found there. The predominant tree species, the underlying geology and soil types are also part of a landscape that is shared by your whole community.

Another excellent mapping tool is the Agriculture Information Atlas. This tool also allows you to measure distance as well as area.

Nature In Deed was created specifically to encourage landowners to think outside the fence. Some new tools are under development to help us see the big picture. Many landowners are using online interactive mapsto help them plan how to manage their properties. These living topo maps allow you to select which layers you want to see on a map and help you learn about your property’s special features.

There are a number of popular mapping tools that can be accessed from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry Land Information Ontario mapping site. An instruction booklet was created for the LIO Make a Map tool in 2010. Although the LIO Make a Map tool has been decommissioned the booklet does provide helpful tips that are useful when using the Making a Topographic Map and the Agriculture Information Atlas mapping tools.

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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