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  • "Truth be told, I really like riding my bike. I like it so much that I have spent nearly a cumulative year of my life on cycling holidays, and in the first week of May I had the pleasure of adding one more feather to my cycling cap."

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  • "Imagine my surprise on moving to Toronto to find that the city not only contains a giant ravine system—our equivalent to the canals of Venice—but that the rivers running through it also contain fish; quite a lot of them."

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  • "A field guide is a well-known tool, a book, used to help identify things in the environment that may appear similar, but in actuality are quite diverse."

    -- Jenny Chan

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Working Frugally and Watching the Balance Sheet

Greenbelt_by_Numbers.jpgGreenbelt by Numbers. Credit: Touchwood Design

We take financial duties seriously and as a charity we are diligent in spending our donations and contributions. 

So we aim for, and are proud of, keeping our administrative outlays to less than six per cent of expenses. We do this with tight cost-controls, exhausting volunteer and job-creation positions, applying multiple accounting reins, and by always negotiating a substantial charitable discount. 

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Royal Botanical Gardens

rbg_2014.jpgFostering Stewardship and Conservation within the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System
$156,405 (Two years)
rbg.ca

The project addresses habitat fragmentation and promotes the long-term ecological viability of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System by improving conservation on privately-owned lands mapped as part of the Park Vision. Royal Botanical Gardens will collaborate with the Hamilton Halton Watershed Stewardship Program to inform 200 property owners on opportunities for land stewardship and protection; and, connect directly with a smaller group of landowners to offer technical and fundraising support for conservation actions.

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Ontario Nature

ontarionature_2014.jpgRoots of the Greenbelt Phase II
$39,000 (One year)
ontarionature.org

The project builds support among the public and municipal leaders for natural heritage systems planning in the Greenbelt. Ontario Nature will reach out to select municipalities to promote greater uptake of progressive municipal policies such as those highlighted in the Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning developed in Phase I of the project.

 

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Ontario Headwaters Institute

headwaters_2014.jpgHeadwater Hikes in the Greenbelt
$22,550 (One year)
ohwi.ca

The Ontario Headwaters Institute will develop ten headwater hikes in the Greenbelt. The hikes will look to improve public understanding of the important role of these features in the health of the Greenbelt’s biodiversity and downstream watersheds.

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Nature Conservancy of Canada

ncc_2014.jpgDestination - Greenbelt East!
$52,000 (One year)
natureconservancy.ca

As a way of broadening awareness and deepening support for the Greenbelt in Northumberland County, the Nature Conservancy and Alderville First Nations will host workshops for conservationists, guided public tours, school outings, and a Greenbelt Prairie Day in the Rice Lake Plains area. With the First Nation’s Ecology Centre as the project “hub”, the partners will also connect with private landowners to encourage stewardship on their lands; and, with public landowners and community partners to help promote the Greenbelt. 

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Grape Growers of Ontario

grape_2014.jpgCelebrity Luncheon
$20,000 (Two years)
grapegrowersofontario.com

The Grape Growers of Ontario’s Celebrity Luncheon is the official kickoff event to the Niagara Grape and Wine Festival, and is a celebration of locally grown Greenbelt food and VQA Ontario wines. This event enables growers, industry partners and consumers to connect the land to the table, with VQA wines and a Greenbelt-grown menu.

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Credit Valley Conservation Foundation

cvc_2014.jpgAchieving Wetland Restoration Through an Environmental Benefits Index
$40,000 (18 months)
creditvalleyca.ca

Wetlands are the most ecologically beneficial features on the Greenbelt and their restoration can greatly enhance its natural capital. This project will develop and test an Environmental Benefits Index for wetlands in the Greenbelt that will allow users to determine the environmental and social benefits of individual restoration projects. These scores can be used to prioritize restoration and land securement projects and to allocate funding for cost-share stewardship. 

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Bringing New Canadians into the Greenbelt

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Greenbelt Foundation staff at our annual staff retreat

Over the years, the environmental movement has consisted primarily of white, middle class folks and hasn’t really reflected the Canadian diaspora of multicultural backgrounds. This has led to criticism that the movement is exclusive and not prepared to build diversity into its work.

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Countryside Stewardship Connection

For Immediate Release 

July 25, 2014 

 

Countryside Stewardship Connection

Do you want to connect with the Credit River watershed’s rural community? Do you want to share success stories, discuss issues, and learn about countryside living and the environment? Are you looking for expert advice on caring for your land and water?

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation introduce a brand new online discussion forum called the Countryside Stewardship Connection. The Connection allows rural landowners, community groups, environmental agencies and local businesses to network with each other and CVC in a new and exciting way.

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JOIN THE DISCUSSION – New Countryside Stewardship Connection

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"My well isn't up to standard; is there any funding to help me upgrade it?"

"I think I have a problem with invasive species on my property, HELP!"  

"Check out the grasslands in my backyard. I’ve seen a breeding pair of Bobolink hanging around!" 

These are the types of things rural landowners in the Credit River watershed will be posting on Credit Valley Conservation's new online discussion forum.

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