Sustainability and the Environment

Tay Township is located on the shores of Severn Sound (Georgian Bay) and is a rural and small urban municipality with a permanent population of 10,000.

The Ontario Tree Atlas: South Central region website is a great tool to learn which trees are native to Ontario and the best species to plant where we live.

Tay Township is one of 8 municipalities that make up the Severn Sound Environmental Association, who are all included in the Severn Sound Watershed.

Sustainable Severn Sound (SSS) is a collaborative, multi-sector sustainability program with the objectives to:

  1. Educate municipalities on best practices and connect them to resources.
  2. Encourage the adoption of practices/policies within local municipal operations to support sustainable communities.
  3. Advocate for sustainable environmental, social and economic practices/policies.

SSS is currently leading the development of the region’s first Regional Climate Change Action Plan and Local Climate Change Action Plan.

Tay Township is almost 140 squre km in size, with approximately 70 km of shoreline, only 5% of which is owned by the municipality. More than 1,000 properties are located along the shoreline in Tay - this means that property owners can do a lot to influence the health of the Tay shoreline.

The purpose of the Tay Township Shoreline Guide is to provide information and education about interesting aspects of the Tay shoreline, and to improve awareness about the positive contributions waterfront property owners and lake users can make to enhance and sustain the health of the shoreline and lake.

SSEA's Invasive species program involves working with area partners to prevent, detect, monitor and manage invasive species in the severn sound area.

Learn what invasive species may be in your garden.

European Gypsy Moth, now being referred to by its scientific name 'Lymantria dispar dispar' or LDD, has continued to cause defoliation in the County of Simcoe since 2021.

Read a letter from the County of Simcoe Operations Forester Will Cox, Associate R.P.F (September 15, 2021).

The Gypsy Moth is a non-native, invasive insect that was brought to North America in the 1860s from Europe. It was first established in Massachusetts and spread to Ontario by 1969. It is now a well-established forest pest throughout much of the province.

An important characteristic of the Gypsy Moth is that their populations are cyclical in nature. Their population surges approximately every 7-10 years and when it rises rapidly, it has historically been followed by a crash. This may be due to competition for resources or mortality from a host-specific virus or fungus.

Ontario’s Invasive Species Centre offers resources and information to help people prevent LDD moth from damaging their trees.

  • In the spring, landowners can put bands of burlap around their trees. This gives the larvae a place to congregate during warm days and they can be physically removed and killed.
  • In the fall, landowners can remove and destroy egg masses.

Landowners wishing to reduce impacts on their property can also have trees sprayed with Btk (Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki) in the spring by a licensed insecticide application company. This is best carried out by coordinating efforts with other local landowners. Landowners can check their local listings for a reputable insect control provider in their area. In the past, demand for aerial spraying of LDD has exceeded industry capacity. If landowners are considering having their property sprayed, it is best to engage a licensed insecticide application company as early as possible.

Ontario LDD Fact Sheet

SSEA Gypsy Moth Fact Sheet - 2021

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in an invasive insect originating from Asia.  It was first discovered in North America in the Detroit and Windsor area in 2002.  The insect attacks and kills ash trees (only true ash or fraxinus species, it does not affect Mountain-Ash or sorbus species).  Since its introduction it has been spreading throughout southern and central Ontario, Quebec and many states within the US causing the death of millions of trees.

The pest was first discovered in southern Simcoe County in 2013.  By 2016 it has been found in over half of the local municipalities within the County, including several locations in Tay Township.   

For further information on the Emerald Ash Borer, please visit the links below:

County of Simcoe

Government of Ontario

Government of Canada - Natural Resources Canada

Species at Risk

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources provides a list of species at risk in our region that are an important part of our natural heritage.

That the report dated March 19, 2014 pertaining to Tay Township becoming a Blue Community be accepted;

And that Council endorses the Blue Communities Project with the understanding that bottled water can still be sold at municipal facilities and during municipal events during a transition period;

And further that the Township will consider options on how to increase access to water refill stations.

Township Staff Report - March 19, 2014

Council of Canadians Blog: WIN! Tay Township votes to be a blue community

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