Welcome to York Environmental Stewardship

“Say YES to Stewardship”

York Environmental Stewardship (YES) is one of 46 Ontario Stewardship Councils and is made up of environmentally minded individuals who volunteer their time, interest, efforts, and skills to advance the responsible care of land and natural resources within the Region. Council members are dedicated to the wise use of forest, soil and aquatic resources and may represent private landowners, conservation/resource agencies and associations, environmentalists and naturalists. Local programs and needs are developed by council members with input from other organizations, agencies and local citizens. YES priorities include information and educational opportunities for landowners, environmental projects with partner organizations, and programs involving youth.


Stewardship is the responsible care, management and wise use of our natural resources for present and future generations.


York Environmental Stewardship (YES) is made up of volunteers from across York Region representing private landowners, conservation and resource agencies and associations, environmentalists and naturalists .

YES was established in 1995 by the Ministry of Natural Resources under the umbrella of Ontario Stewardship.  In 2011 the MNR withdrew staff coordinator support and in 2013 they withdrew sponsorship, funding and direct support.

There are 46 Stewardship Councils each reflecting local priorities. Councils cover all of Southern Ontario with recent expansion into the north.  Each council now has either incorporated or joined another organization.

YES has become a club under the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (OFAH).  Thank you Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters for welcoming us. We continue to have funding available for stewardship projects.


Our Vision is “Landowners and organizations in York Region working together to promote and accomplish the responsible care of land and natural resources for MRRP Planting sitefuture generations”.

Partnerships are key!!  We bring together and promote a partnership forum for communication and networking between private landowners, landowner and resource associations, land interests, and resource agencies. YES focus is on partnership projects, educational information and landowner workshops, and initiatives involving youth.  YES promotes and supports other agencies and organizations with similar stewardship goals.


Landowners are provided a forum to express their needs and ideas.  Access to agencies, associations, technical and other resource information is made easier through networking.


YES Council members are environmentally minded community individuals who volunteer their time, effort and skills to promote and help deliver projects and initiatives of the Council.


Projects can be single or multi-year projects which almost always involve one or more partners.  Projects may include landowner workshops and demonstration tours (e.g. forest management, wildlife habitat improvement), stream / wetland restoration, school environmental programs, Ontario Stewardship Rangers, youth employment, joint initiatives with neighbouring Councils.




For more information about YES Programs and Projects, to apply for funding, to volunteer on our committee or how find out how you can be involved please contact actingchair@yorkenvironmentalstewardship.org

For information on STEM, Street Tree Ecology Matters or to receive a pdf copy of the STEM “Street Tree Ecology Matters Public Participation Street Tree Survey” Report please contact:Pat Prevost