Dan Krauss

Photo of Dr. Dan Kraus of Nature Conservancy Speaker at 2013 Forum

Dan Kraus

Dan is the Manager of Conservation Science and Planning for the Nature Conservancy of Canada – Ontario Region where he is involved in a wide diversity of conservation planning initiatives and has been guiding the application of the Great Lakes Conservation Blueprint for the last ten years. Dan and his team lead the development of NCC’s Natural Area Conservation Plans in Ontario. These include plans for the Western Lake Erie Islands, Northern Bruce Peninsula and Western Lake Superior Coast.

In addition to expertise in landscape ecologist, Dan is also an authority on the conservation of rare species, and is a member of the provincial Committee on the Status of Species at Risk in Ontario. He has worked on species conservation projects ranging from habitat studies of endangered snakes on Pelee Island to preparing the provincial recovery strategy for Ontario’s Polar Bears.

Prior to joining NCC, he worked as a senior ecologist for an environmental consultant where he conducted ecological inventories, prepared environmental impact assessments and served as an expert witness. Dan has an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo in Environmental Studies and a M.Sc. from the University of Guelph. He lives in the headwaters of Bronte Creek in the Lake Ontario watershed where he enjoys chopping wood and raising happy chickens.

Professional Affiliation

Manager of Conservation Science and Planning

Nature Conservancy of Canada – Ontario Region

 

2013 Changing Lakes Forum Topic

From Water Quality Agreement to Regional Implementation

Local Actions with Community and Global Impacts:
The Role of the Bruce Peninsula in Conserving Lake Huron

Co-Presenter: Greg Mayne

Of the five Great Lakes, Lake Huron, more than any other, embodies the biodiversity of the basin. Stretching over 350 km from Ontario’s “Carolinian” zone to the boreal transition forests along the North Channel, Lake Huron includes a multitude of climatic, geological and biogeographical zones. This second largest of the Great Lakes, Lake Huron’s meandering shoreline and thousands of islands represent the longest freshwater coast in the world. It is also an ecosystem under stress – invasive species, climate change, water pollution, poorly planned shoreline, residential and industrial development, and altered hydrology are all having a negative effect on biodiversity, ecological services and the quality of life in coastal communities.

Increasing awareness about the importance of biodiversity and the link between environmental health and human well-being has focussed attention on conserving and restoring the Great Lakes. In October 2010 the Lake Huron Biodiversity Conservation Strategy was released. Developed by over 400 experts representing over 100 organizations from around the basin, the Lake Huron Biodiversity Conservation Strategy is an international initiative designed to identify what actions are needed to protect and conserve the biodiversity of Lake Huron. The revised Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement was released in 2012, and includes a greater emphasis on coastal areas and nearshore waters. Both of these planning documents provide a platform on which to base regional conservation initiatives to protect and restore the health of the Great Lakes.

This presentation will provide an overview of these planning initiatives, and discuss the importance of the Bruce Peninsula in context of the Great Lakes conservation. Key local opportunities and actions that will have broad and long-lasting impacts on the health of local communities and Lake Huron will be explored.

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