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 American Badger
One example of OPG's biodiversity work is the sponsorship of Earth Rangers' "Bring Back the Wild" American Badger project. The American Badger is one of the rarest and most elusive mammals in Ontario. Today, there are fewer than 200 living in just two isolated populations in southwestern and northwestern Ontario.
For more information visit www.earthrangers.com. You can also watch this video which describes how OPG and Earth Rangers are working together to help preserve the habitat of the American Badger.