Environmental Stewardship

Go GREEN with the Environmental Stewardship Team

The Environmental Stewardship Division of the Community Services Department works with communities, groups and individuals to promote sustainable living, environmental protection and education throughout the municipality. We work to develop community programs and initiatives to increase environmental awareness, engage the community in environmental projects and establish new partnerships. Township staff offers assistance with project development and coordination, fundraising and marketing.

Ongoing Projects
  • Increasing pollinator habitats throughout the Township
  • Delivering community education programs and workshops in partnership with various organizations
  • Subsidizing compostable food service products to community groups
  • Tall Grass Prairie Restoration initiative
  • Reducing mowing by increasing naturalization through tree, shrub and wildflower plantings
  • Terrestrial invasive species monitoring and mapping throughout King Township
  • Increasing educational signage throughout the municipality
  • Enhancing existing and creating new habitats for pollinators in parks, gardens and naturalized areas to support our Bee City Certification & Mayors Monarch Pledge
  • ​Identify new environmental funding opportunities

To learn more about the Township's Greening Initiatives or to find out how you can help contact 905-833-6555 or email environmentalstewardship@king.ca.

Gypsy Moths - Lymantria Dispar Dispar (LDD)

The European Gypsy Moth also known as Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD), is an invasive insect found throughout southern Ontario that feeds on hardwood and some softwood tree species. Favoured tree species include oak, birch, maple, white pine and white spruce. They get their name from their ability to travel by attaching to various objects. LDD moths appear in late July or August. LDD caterpillars begin to appear in May. The caterpillars eat leaves causing the trees to lose some or in extreme cases, all of their canopy. Long term effects can be reduced or prevented through management techniques. Use of the name Gypsy Moth could be perceived as culturally insensitive. Alongside York Region, the Township of King will educate and build awareness for replacing the name Gypsy Moth by introducing the Latin name Lymantria dispar dispar (LDD). 

Most healthy trees can withstand one to several years of defoliation by LDD as healthy trees are able to regrow their leaves during the same growing season within two to three weeks. The LDD moth population generally surges every 7 to 10 years and the increase usually lasts for 1 to 3 years. 

Invasive Species Mapping Tool

The Township of King has launched a mapping tool to make it easier for residents to report Lymantria Dispar Dispar (LDD) sightings throughout the municipality. This data will help us better understand the distribution of invasive species throughout the Township. Click here to map your sightings.

Greening Initiatives