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Natural Heritage Advisory Committee

The Natural Heritage Advisory Committee advises and assists the Region with respect to the management and conservation of Halton's natural environment.

Specific activities include:

  • advising and assisting staff of the Regional Legislative & Planning Services Department, in accordance with approved Regional Council procedures and policies, and reporting to Regional Council on the implementation, review and monitoring of policies of the Regional Official Plan in keeping with Council's priority of protecting the natural environment;
  • identifying and examining issues that may affect the Region's natural environment and advising staff and Council on such matters;
  • providing a forward-looking environmental perspective on Regional policy development, and advice on environmental implications from existing Regional policies;
  • raising matters of interest and facilitating discussion on how best to achieve the goals and objectives of the Halton Regional Forest Management Plan and Regional Official Plan as it relates to the Natural Heritage System;
  • advising staff on forest monitoring and raising issues that may have an impact on natural heritage systems, forest health, sustainable silviculture and recreation, for consideration in annual State of Forest Health Monitoring Reports;
  • assisting staff in the development of protocols for the consideration of requests to conduct research or for the holding of special events in Halton Regional Forest tracts;
  • advising staff on educational programs that promote public awareness and stewardship of Halton’s Natural Heritage System;
  • advising on and recommending studies necessary to help resolve environmental problems and/or improve environmental conditions;
  • participating in studies or programs that will lead to a better understanding or enhancement of the region’s natural environment;
  • advising and assisting the Region in implementing policies dealing with the Natural Heritage System; and
  • participating in steering committees, advisory committees and technical agency committees where NHAC representation is requested.


The Committee includes:

  • 2 Members of Regional Council
  • 1 Member of Conservation Halton
  • 1 Member of the Niagara Escarpment Commission
  • 12 citizens with demonstrated expertise in environmental management, or forest management including recreational user groups
  • 2 representatives from Halton’s agricultural community

Frequency of Meetings

  • Second Wednesday of each month.

Council Membership


Gena Ali, Manager of Sustainable Planning
905-825-6000 ext. 7865
Toll Free: 1-866-4HALTON (1-866-442-5866) ext. 7865