A Video Essay – On how to engage private and public landowners to complete restoration work where it is needed most.

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Beth Anne Fischer, Kent Rundle

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Much, of our land is under the ownership of people who aren’t doing restoration work, and it’s challenging to keep our ecosystems healthy beyond the borders of the properties we control. Gaining access to private property and permissions to work on public lands is imperative for the implementation of ecosystem monitoring and restoration. Further, long-term management, maintenance and monitoring of projects is a must. Ecosystem functions and animal lifecycles often require inputs from multiple properties, and actions that stretch across ownership, municipalities, provinces and countries. Through a series of short videos this presentation will showcase the success of a landowner engagement approach in Southern Ontario, Canada. Videos will highlight the positive results of *Conservation Halton’s private and public landowner outreach program, called the “Watershed Stewardship Award”. Videos are narrated by landowners and stakeholders. This award has assisted Conservation Halton in building private and public landowner relationships, resulting in a robust ecosystem restoration and protection program in our watershed. Restoration actions highlighted in the videos include: a large-scale $750k, 550m coldwater creek restoration project in a public park, forest and creek protection on private land, implementation of land management recommendations on private property, a LID project on school property and creek narrowing using bio-engineering. Presenter commentary between videos will describe the Watershed Stewardship Award program, approaches to relationship building, and soft skills tips crucial to implementing these successful projects.

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Conference Presentation, SER2021

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