The Lake Simcoe Greenlands project aims to increase forest and wetland cover in the watershed by supporting the implementation of the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan at the municipal level. Our research, mapping, and Citizens Guide can help community groups get the best protection possible for the forests and wetlands that surround Lake Simcoe.
The provincially appointed Lake Simcoe Science Committee said that 40% of the Lake Simcoe watershed’s natural cover should be protected, for the health of the lake and its ecosystem. But the Lake Simcoe Protection Act and Plan do not identify a policy to achieve that target. To reach 40% we need to identify the extent of current protection, and move towards the 40% target using better policies and planning, and public and private land protection tools.