OPG's biodiversity initiatives are designed to implement the "4 R's" of biodiversity: Retain what is significant; Restore habitats that have been degraded; Replace habitats that have been lost; and help Recover species that are at risk. OPG has helped create and care for wetlands, woodlands, greenspaces and nature trails across the province. We have provided habitats that support hundreds of different plants and animals.
OPG is part of an expanding effort to protect and restore the vanished forest which once characterized much of Southern Ontario. More information on this effort and OPG's biodiversity program is available in our biodiversity flyer. You can download the flyer by clicking here.
Fourteen of OPG’s generating sites have achieved “Wildlife at Work” certification and five of our sites have been further certified for their “Corporate Lands for Learning” programs by the Wildlife Habitat Council. These sites have both protected and enhanced wildlife habitats on their properties, demonstrating commitment to environmental stewardship and the conservation of native biodiversity. Our biodiversity program is multifaceted with a range of activities including managing wetlands, restoring tall grass prairies and managing fisheries and waterfowl.
The Spotted Turtle
One example of OPG's biodiversity work is our effort to save the Spotted Turtle. Currently an endangered species, it has been seen around OPG lands in Central Ontario. Given the importance of protecting this species, OPG funded a Laurentian University study to define the turtle's critical habitat and appropriate recovery actions.
Now, OPG and Earth Rangers have teamed up to protect the Spotted Turtle through the Bring Back the Wild Spotted Turtle Project. The project goes beyond habitat protection and includes science research and conservation strategies. Building on OPG’s commitment and efforts to save the spotted turtle, this collaborative project educates children and inspires them to come together in support of protecting the spotted turtle and their habitats across Ontario. For more information, watch this friendly and easy to understand video on the Spotted Turtle Project.