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Natural Environment


Richmond Hill's Natural Heritage SystemNatural Heritage
Within the borders of the Town of Richmond Hill one can find numerous unique and valuable natural features including kettle lakes, headwaters and tributaries of the Don, Rouge and Humber River systems, significant wetland complexes, forest communities, and a portion of the Oak Ridges Moraine. Because of the diversity of landscapes and species, including 119 local flora and fauna species of concern, it has become a high priority, for Town residents and the municipal government, to preserve these ecological places and systems. Not only is it essential to protect these spaces for future generations to enjoy, keeping them intact ensures that we maintain essential ecological functions, increase the value of surrounding properties, provide unique educational resources and increase the available spaces for recreational opportunities, such as hiking, walking, and cycling.

Natural Environment Section
The overall objective of the Natural Environment Section is to protect, enhance and ultimately sustain the Town’s valuable natural areas. The following links provide a summary of the information and programs that the Natural Environment Section is responsible for delivering.

Natural Environment Achievements [PDF]

Natural Heritage Strategy 

Native Species

Wildlife

Oak Ridges Moraine

Lake Wilcox

Streams and Rivers

Tree Preservation By-law

Tree Planting & Natural Area Stewardship

Pesticides & Organic Lawn Care

Healthy Yards

Community Allotment Garden

Trails

Parks

Fishing in Richmond Hill

Things You Need to Know About the Natural Areas Next to Your Home


To find out more about Richmond Hill's Natural Environment initiatives, please contact us at naturalenvironment@richmondhill.ca.
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