Natural Heritage System Preferred Scenario Information Package for Prince Edward County and Neighbouring Communities Système de patrimoine naturel du comté de Lanark

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Abstract:
A collaborative, multi-partner Working Group within the study area of Prince Edward County and neighbouring communities has completed a project to identify a natural heritage system (NHS). This Working Group consisted of representatives from: 1. Lower Trent Conservation 2. Ontario Federation of Agriculture 3. Municipality of Prince Edward County 4. City of Kingston 5. Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing 6. Prince Edward Stewardship Council 7. Chisholm Lumber 8. Stewardship, Ministry of Natural Resources 9. Bay of Quinte Remedial Action Plan 10. Prince Edward Land Trust 11. Ducks Unlimited Canada 12. Prince Edward County Field Naturalists 13. Land Conservancy for Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington 14. Private Landowners 15. Quinte Conservation 16. Ministry of Natural Resources, Peterborough District The information products within this preferred scenario package, identify the Working Groups priorities to sustain the natural environment and reflect the social, cultural and economic values of the local region. The natural heritage system described in this package was identified through an active stakeholder engagement process that is founded on the following principles: 1. The perspective is ecological and at a landscape scale. 2. The NHS products are informed by the best available science using the most current information and data. 3. The process is one of inclusion and collaboration between a diverse group of stakeholders and partners. 4. The resulting products are available to be used as tools to prioritize and coordinate conservation efforts throughout the project study area. 5. The products are available as technical information to support municipalities land use planning efforts. 6. The process promotes the link between healthy ecosystems and healthy human communities. The information package includes all of the source and derived spatial input layers used for the project, the data tables (in an MS Access database) and map layers for the Preferred Scenario Option chosen by the Working Group (i.e. Scenario 1 Baseline), the final report, and the NHS project overview PowerPoint presentation . The spatial data is in ESRI File Geodatabase Format and each layer includes metadata which can be viewed in ArcCatalog. Please note that in the root of the information package folder is a MS Word document that explains the contents of each folder and file geodatabase within the information package.