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Natural Heritage/Environmental Planning

Natural Heritage/Environmental Planning is an important component of achieving objectives related to maintaining, restoring and enhancing ecosystems and the natural environment. These objectives are often related to policies and legislation at the federal, provincial, municipal, or conservation authority level. NSE has experience and expertise to support natural heritage/environmental planning at scales ranging from landscape-level or watershed scales, through to the property-level or site-scale.  

Our emphasis on strong, science-based advice results in balanced, defensible products that achieve the objectives of relevant natural heritage/environment policies and legislation. Services include: 

  • Official & Secondary Plans

  • Natural Heritage Systems

  • Cell tower site assessments

  • Natural heritage assessment and management

  • Sub-Watershed Studies

  • Urban park inventory & management

  • Renewable energy (wind and solar)

  • Bird collision studies

  • Peer reviews

  • Public consultation

  • Expert testimony and litigation support

Projects We've Worked On
  • Bird Friendly Building Guidelines (City of Markham)

  • Regional Municipalities of York and Peel Official Plan Amendments

  • Sustainable Halton Natural Heritage System

  • City of Mississauga Natural Heritage & Urban Forest Strategy

  • Provincial Natural Heritage Reference Manual

  • Rockfort Quarry Peer Review (Town of Caledon)

  • Impacts of Cellular Towers on Birds (Ontario)

  • Rouge Park Trails Master Plan

  • Victoria Road North Secondary Plan Environmental Impact Study (City of Guelph)

  • Yonge Street South Secondary Plan (Town of Aurora)

  • City of Toronto Environmentally Significant Areas Study

  • Nichol Drain Sub-watershed Study (Township of Centre Wellington)

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