HCA has a three-pronged approach to land protection

We view "open space" in the context of the following definition: "All lands which are worthy of protection for inherent environmental and/or recreational value, e.g. floodplains, wetlands, Niagara Escarpment lands, creek valleys, designated federal/provincial environmentally significant areas, groundwater recharge/discharge areas and significant Lake Ontario properties.

Corridors connecting significant conservation lands are also considered to be important 'Open Spaces'." In short, our protection initiatives cover a wide range of open spaces and are not limited to just large tracts of land.

The Hamilton Conservation Authority's approach to open space protection is three-fold: environmental planning, watershed stewardship and land acquisition.

To learn more about our land protection initiatives, browse through the pages in this section.