Positive land management practices in the Thames River Basin

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Anderson, Janet
Davidson, Bruce
Driver, Pamela
Pharo, Christopher
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Queen's Printer for Ontario

During the summer of 1980, four individuals were employed through the Provincial Experience '80 program to undertake a project on behalf of the Thames River Implementation Committee. The objective of the project was to identify, document and catalogue examples of positive land management efforts in the watershed. The study team contacted representatives of local municipalities, government agencies, farm organizations and other knowledgeable persons. These contacts were able to direct summer staff to specific sites which exhibited efforts at controlling soil erosion. In addition, a number of sites were identified on an ad hoc basis while generally surveying each of the 40 townships involved. A total of 36 particularly good examples of positive land management practices were documented. The practices identified consisted of the following: controlled cattle accesses, grassed waterways, proper tile outlet construction, conservation tillage, vegetative buffers, and windbreaks. For each site a number of factors were documented, eg. soil type, age of feature, initial costs, effectiveness, etc., and authorization was given to TRIC to utilize the site for promotional purposes by means of the farm operators signature. This document was prepared as an assist to local organizations in directing interested landowners to examples of conservation measures in the field. It is intended that the catalogue will periodically be updated and revised to include new sites.

Thames River Implementation Committee (TRIC)
river, water quality, land use, management practices