There are more than 200 designated Species at Risk in Ontario and approximately 2,800 pits and quarries (soon to be over 3,800 as a result of new designations under the Act). Many of these overlap or are located in close proximity to documented occurrences of species at risk. Some of these areas currently provide important habitat for species at risk, while others could potentially be restored to provide habitat for species at risk.
Using ArcMap GIS software from ESRI, a large data set was integrated into a Geospatial library where they were compiled, massaged and combined to form several consolidated map layers that helped to identify project options. The project outputs included: Strategic input to decisions around areas of optimal resource value; Input to investment decisions; Communications and outreach materials; and, Presentation materials for use in senior industry and political discussions.
The rehabilitation plan for this location was prepared under the Aggregate Resources Act for a Class A License, Category 3. These site plans were submitted to and certified by the Minister of Natural Resources (as per section 8(4) of the Aggregate Resources Act).