The Grand River watershed has a rich natural heritage. It has rivers, reservoirs, forests, wetlands and grasslands that provide habitat to thousands of species of birds, fish, animals and other creatures.
The landscape has changed dramatically over the past 200 years. Most of our forests and wetlands have disappeared. The loss of habitat means more species are at risk. Invasive trees, plants and fish have moved in, threatening native species.
However, the GRCA and its partners in the public and private sectors have been working for many decades to protect what remains and restore what has been lost.
These efforts are aimed at restoring the natural resiliency of the watershed, improving its biodiversity and providing natural spaces for the enjoyment and benefit of watershed residents.
The Grand River Watershed Fisheries Management Plan provides a blueprint to improve the health of our waterways and restore them as habitat for a wider variety of species.
The GRCA has planted more than 30 million trees since the 1930s. It provides financial support and advice to landowners who want to plant more trees. Learn more on our Tree planting page.
The Grand River Watershed Forest Plan supports the growth of a healthy, sustainable watershed forest.
Several GRCA programs are geared to restoration of various types of habitat such as wetlands, prairie grassland and healthy forests.
Invasive species have found new homes on the land and in the waters of the Grand River watershed. All landowners can play a role in controlling them.