Wetlands are lands that
are covered with shallow water and contain water-saturated soils and
water-tolerant or water-loving plants. Wetlands are unique, fascinating
and diverse ecosystems.
The Ministry of Natural Resources maintains the Ontario Wetland
Evaluation System (OWES), a standard protocol for evaluating wetlands to
determine their significance for land use planning purposes.
In partnership with local municipalities, SSEA has evaluated
several local wetlands using the OWES. Fieldwork is conducted in spring,
summer and fall, to assess features, map and describe vegetation
communities, and collect information
on species and habitat in the wetland. The evaluations are
submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources for review and
SSEA has completed seven wetland evaluations to date: St. Andrew's
Lake Wetland, Sucker Creek Wetlands, Penetang Marsh, Thunder Bay Swamp,
Midland Swamp, Midland Little Lake Wetland, and North River Swamp.
For more information on SSEA wetland evaluations, contact:
Michelle Hudolin, Wetlands & Habitat Biologist
705-527-5166 ext. 202