On June 8, 2013, representatives from the National Capital Commission, Nature Conservancy, and City of Ottawa staff will be holding a public consultation and panel discussion at Hintonburg Community
Centre, 1064 Wellington Street, at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the role of natural linkages as a critical component of Ottawa’s natural spaces. The panel discussion will be hosted by to the Greenspace Alliance of Canada’s Capital, and findings from this discussion could significantly impact environmental
protection policy in Ottawa’s 20-year “Liveable Ottawa” Official Plan review. Natural linkages, also known as wildlife corridors or eco-corridors, are natural areas, or greenspace, that allow plants and animals to migrate from one habitat to another. Development of land often encroaches on the habitat of wildlife species, isolating them from the larger environment within
isolated “islands” or pockets of greenspace that are disconnected from one another. Incorporating natural linkages into the design of a development project by ensuring that eco-connectivity remains viable between these “islands” greatly increases the chances of survival of local species.