The highlighted areas on these maps show the expansion of housing in Barrhaven over the years. You can also see expanded agricultural and industrial areas. It’s not hard to imagine the impact this has had on wildlife habitat and movement corridors, and why there are more frequent sightings of animals like coyotes, and wildlife mortalities such as species-at-risk turtles. While urban expansion is inevitable, let’s call on urban planners to use sustainable environmental practices to conserve everything from water quality to wildlife habitat and wetlands.  

 

Barrhaven 1991

 

 

 

Barrhaven 2017