• BIG NEWS: The Provincial Land Use Advisory Panel has released recommendations on the Greenbelt Plan!

    Find out what they said, why it's important, and how to get involved!


Nature Conservancy of Canada

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

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. 


Grape Growers of Ontario

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

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.


Credit Valley Conservation Foundation

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

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. 


Bringing New Canadians into the Greenbelt

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.


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.


JOIN THE DISCUSSION – New Countryside Stewardship Connection


"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.


Bruce Peninsula Conservation and Stewardship Plan


For the full report, please visit bpba.ca.

In September 2012, the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association initiated a project to develop a Community Conservation and Stewardship Plan for the Bruce Peninsula through funding from the Friends of the Greenbelt FoundationThis project has brought together the vast local knowledge and expertise of the community to better understand the Bruce Peninsula’s biodiversity and the critical environmental issues it faces. It has provided a forum for community dialogue and learning, leading to a strategic, place-based action plan to protect, restore and benefit from the region's biodiversity. The full version of the plan is not yet released. 

Please visit bpba.ca for updates and full report.


Cootes to Escarpment Park - Phase 2

 Cootes to Escarpment Park System Phase II - 978 KB

The Cootes to Escarpment Park System Conservation and Land Management Strategy report summarizes the recommendations from our consultations with stakeholders, the general public and specialists working for conservation land owning agencies about how the park system could be organized. It was made available in draft form for consultation and comment by the public at our Open House in February, 2009 (see below), and our Stakeholder Advisory Committee meeting in April, 2009. Editorial work and layout was completed and the final version of the report released in November 2009 as Cootes to Escarpment Park System Conservation and Land Management Strategy, which is often referred to as the Phase II report.

For more information, please visit cootestoescarpmentpark.ca.


Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning


 Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning – 6 MB

Natural heritage systems planning is about maintaining, restoring and enhancing ecologically sustainable and resilient landscapes. It is a strategic approach to addressing biodiversity loss, land use change and the uncertainties of climate change so that we always have clean air, clean water and a rich diversity of plant and animal life to sustain present and future generations. Natural heritage systems planning seeks to engage communities and educate citizens about the many benefits that nature provides and about nature's fundamental place in supporting social and economic health.


July 2014 Newsletter

July 2014 Newsletter

July in the world's largest greenbelt -- a month in review. 

This month's newsletter features:

  • Making Natural Connections Across Ontario's Greenbelt
  • The Bruce Peninsula Conservation and Stewardship Plan launches
  • Greenbelt Harvest Picnic: Pick It!
  • And more... !