Significant Wildlife Habitat: Technical Guide


This technical manual provides detailed information on significant wildlife habitat and is intended for ecologists, biologists, environmental planners and others who are involved in the municipal planning process.


Date Published:  October 01, 2000
Publisher:  Ontario Government, Ministry of Natural Resources
Author:  Fish & Wildlife Branch


Significant Wildlife Habitat has been identified as one of the natural heritage feature areas under the Provincial Policy Statement (PPS, section 2.3.1). In general, section 2.3 of the PPS requires that "natural heritage features and areas will be protected from incompatible development" and that development and site alteration will be permitted on or adjacent to these areas "if it can be demonstrated that there will be no negative impact on the natural heritage features or ecological functions for which the area is identified."


The Natural Heritage Reference Manual is a reference manual that was developed to provide information on technical issues relative to section 2.3 of the PSS on all of the natural heritage features. The Significant Wildlife Habitat Technical Guide was developed to support the Natural Heritage Reference Manual and is a more detailed technical manual that provides information on the identification, description and prioritisation of significant wildlife habitat.


It is a guide that is advisory in nature and intended to be used by ecologists, biologists, environmental planners and others involved in the development of strategies to identify and protect significant wildlife habitat in the municipal planning process.


ISBN 0-7794-0262-6-6 (Internet)


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A Decision Support System (DSS) for the Significant Wildlife Habitat: Technical Guide has been created to aid users of this guide.  Use the link below to download a compressed (zipped) file that contains the DSS Windows help file. Save the zipped file to a location on your desktop computer and uncompress it to extract the Windows help file, which is called "Wild_dss.hlp." Then double click on the "Wild_dss.hlp" file to open it. If you need further assistance, please contact Tim Haxton at or Mike Dunkley at



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