Major Grant Brings Community Together to Protect the Bruce Peninsula
(Tobermory, ON) -- The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association (BPBA) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded an $87,000 grant by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. The grant will be used to coordinate a community led Conservation and Stewardship Plan for the Bruce that strengthens natural connections between existing protected spaces and creates sustainable strategies for development and active use of the landscape.
“The Niagara Escarpment landform of the Bruce Peninsula has created one of the highest concentrations in all of Canada of globally, nationally and provincially of rare species,” said Tom Boyle, BPBA Vice-Chair. “Thanks to the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation we will have the opportunity to create a collaborative plan to preserve this important stronghold of biodiversity that provides economic benefits to the region.”
To develop the Plan, local community and partner organizations will be engaged to create a unified vision and strategic direction for conservation and stewardship efforts in the Bruce Peninsula. The public along with over 30 local tourism, agriculture, conservation and municipal stakeholders will be crucial to identifying and providing expertise on the area’s needs and future action. Several options will be available for public and stakeholder participation. Preparation of the plan will be directed by a 15 member Steering Committee composed of a cross section of community representatives and organizations.
“Business owners here in Lion’s Head love our natural environment and so do our customers, both community members and visitors. Lion’s Head is located in a World Biosphere and we believe it is important to protect our special environment and that is why we are so pleased that the Greenbelt Foundation has funded our community to create a Conservation and Stewardship Plan”, stated Marydale Ashcroft, Business owner and Vice-Chair of the Lion’s Head Promotion’s Group.
The final Stewardship and Conservation Plan will enable more efficient and effective conservation of aquatic and terrestrial habitats, and improve the overall health of Northern Bruce Peninsula’s rich and diverse plant, fish and wildlife communities. It will ensure that the areas distinct landscape remains unimpaired, and continues to provide unparalleled opportunities to discover and explore.
“The project represents a very significant development for conservation on the Bruce Peninsula that will bring our community together to protect this special place for future generations,” commented John Haselmayer, Manager of Resource Conservation for Bruce Peninsula National Park.
“This grant strengthens the connections between the Bruce and the Greenbelt and builds on our Greenbelt Walks partnership that highlights the spectacular Bruce Trail in the area”, said Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “As an avid hiker on the Bruce Trail, I am delighted that the Foundation will be working with the BPBA and the devoted groups in the Bruce Peninsula.”
A full time program manager will be hired. Qualified individuals must apply by Feb. 11. Residents and local groups can find out more about the project and how they might become involved by visiting the Association’s website at www.bpba.ca.
About the Greenbelt:
Fresh air, clean water, healthy local food – all brought to you by Ontario’s Greenbelt. At more than 1.8 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grow natural features. Learn more at www.greenbelt.ca
Chair, Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Reserve
Program (Grants) Director, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
(416) 960-0001, ext. 308