Best Practices


Aquatic Invasive Species Factsheets: This MNR web page provides information, resources and factsheets to address aquatic invasive species in Ontario.

Grow Me Instead 2011: This booklet lists attractive plants that can be grown in Ontario gardens as alternatives to many invasive species that are commonly used in horticulture. The suggested plants match the growing conditions, site requirements and garden effect of their sometimes problematic invasive counterparts. They were chosen based on their availability at Ontario’s nurseries and garden centres.

Invasive Phragmites – Best Management Practices 2011: Best management practices (BMPs) for the control and management of Phragmites have been developed by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, the Ontario Invasive Plant Council and other provincial conservation groups.  The  BMPs are designed to are based on the most effective and environmentally safe Phragmites control practices known from recent research findings.

The Landowner’s Guide to Controlling Invasive Woodland Plants: This booklet provides information on the life history, distribution, habitat, ecological impacts and control recommendations for seven invasive plants that are commonly found in Southern Ontario woodlands.

Terrestrial Invasive Species Factsheets: This MNR web page provides information, resources and factsheets to address terrestrial invasive species in Ontario.


Working along the Shore – A Professional’s Guide to Shoreline Management for Lake Simcoe 2014: This guide was developed by Dufferin South Simcoe Land Stewardship Network and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (MNRF), with extensive input from contractors working in the Lake Simcoe watershed. The Professional’s Guide is moderately technical and provides details useful for contractors who are preparing for and undertaking work on the shorelines of Lake Simcoe, where the Lake Simcoe Protection Act applies.

A Land Manager’s Guide to Conserving Habitat for Forest Birds in Southern Ontario 2011: This illustrated document guides landowners on how to manage their woodlots for economic benefit as well as improve and maintain habitats for a variety of forest birds and other wildlife. Produced by the Ministry of Natural Resources in conjunction with Trent University and with additional funding from Environment Canada and Eastern Ontario Model Forest.

OMAF Best Management Practices Book Series: These books outline practical, affordable approaches to conserving farms’ soil and water resources without sacrificing productivity. They are developed by teams of farmers, researchers, extension staff and agribusiness professionals.

Ontario Extension Notes: User-friendly fact sheets on a variety of resource management topics including agroforestry, financial aspects, forests, insects and pests, water and wetlands and wildlife.

WBBE Huron-Synthesis Report-August 2013: This report is a synthesis of the evaluation of best management practices (BMPs) in the Lake Huron watershed. It reviews the effects of suites of management practices at both the field and sub-watershed scales. The BMPs chosen for evaluation were conservation tillage, cover crops, nutrient management, grass sediment strips and water and sediment control basins.

WBBE North Kettle Watershed-Synthesis Report-August 2013: This report summarizes the evaluation of best management practices (BMPs) to reduce phosphorus and soil loss from an agricultural watershed. A model was used to assist in prioritization of future BMPs at the field scale. The report exceeds the allowable file size to upload on this website but it can be accessed by contacting SNO at


Accommodating Wildlife Species at Risk: This report by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association, published in 2012, looks at species at risk from the farmer’s point of view. It features the stories of several farm families across southern Ontario, their experience with species at risk issues, and how they are accommodating the needs of such species as Eastern Loggerhead Shrike, Butternut, American Badger, Eastern Foxsnake, Wood Turtle and Bobolink on their lands.


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