The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) manages the province’s forests, lands, waters, fish and wildlife, aggregates, salt, oil and protected areas on behalf of all Ontarians, with a focus on:
• Conserving the diversity of plants, wildlife, fish and their habitats.
• Protecting natural areas
• Supporting the sustainable development and use of resources
• Protecting people, property and communities from forest fires, flooding, and other natural hazards
As our population and associated economies grow, we demand more from this resource base, creating pressures that are felt across Ontario’s vast land base and watersheds. At the same time, our ecosystems are under stress from a range of broad-scale threats, including climate change, habitat alteration, and invasive species. Yet while the drivers of change often operate at a landscape scale, impacts are more visible at the local level. The challenge for resource managers is to find efficient and sustainable ways to address broader ecosystem-wide influences in a manner that positively affects local systems. Due to these challenges, MNR must consider innovative ways to do its business to ensure it can continue to deliver on its resource management responsibilities.
As announced in the 2012/13 provincial budget , MNR is moving forward with a transformation plan to modernize and more sustainably manage Ontario’s natural resources.
This document proposes a framework to help deliver on this modernization initiative by informing future program-specific changes to move to broader scales of management. As the ministry’s transformation process proceeds, there will be additional opportunities for comment, especially in the context of changes to specific management activities.
The anticipated results of taking a broader landscape scale of management will be to ensure that Ontario’s natural resources are sustainably managed in an integrated and appropriately scaled manner now and into the future. Public input will help inform the process, and how these programs can be delivered more efficiently and effectively.