• BIG NEWS: The wait is over! The province has announced its proposed changes to the Greenbelt Plan, as part of the Co-ordinated Land Use Planning Review.


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... !

Come and enjoy this year’s Greenbelt Harvest Picnic

The Greenbelt booth at the Picnic provides insight and information about the Greenbelt and how to get involved.
Photo Credit: Melanie Schade, 2013.

Now in its fourth year, the Greenbelt Harvest Picnic has been called one of the 10 best outdoor music shows by the Globe and Mail.

But it's more than a music show. It's a celebration of food and farming. It's an opportunity to be active in a gorgeous conservation area. And it’s a chance to spend a day with family and friends.


Biodiversity Tour launches Bruce Peninsula's Conservation and Stewardship Plan

DSC_2423.JPGParticipants on the Biodiversity Tour explored the rugged rocks and caverns of Greig's Caves south of Lion's Head.

We carefully climbed the rugged rocks at Greig's Caves while glancing up at the cavernous dolostone looming overhead. Our guides Sean Liipere, Program Manager for the Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association and Jenna McGuire, naturalist at the Bruce Peninsula National Park, excitedly pointed upwards to the old white cedar growing out of the cliff. Over a century ago fires had decimated so many of the Peninsula's ancient forests it was possible to see the waters of Georgian Bay then turn and look at Lake Huron. 




July 30, 2014 


Innovative Projects Support Farmers, Environment, Economy, and More 

From guided tours and workshops in Northumberland County to engaging landowners in Hamilton-Burlington’s Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark, the latest projects from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation continue to support the viability and protection of Ontario's vast and world-leading Greenbelt.


The Next Generation of Farmers’ Markets

Agriculture in Norfolk County, Ontario.

Many people think of farmers as the average white male in his 50s, inheriting the farm from generations of family tradition on hundreds of acres of land. While this may be the case for most farmers and is indeed becoming a demographic challenge, a new trend of first generation farmers is growing. For some, entering the business is popular, especially when involved with farmers’ markets.


Celebrating Canada's Parks Day


Having grown up with a cottage in Kawartha Lakes, my family and I have passed Balsam Lake Provincial Park countless times. From observing and interacting with wildlife, swimming in the freshwater lakes, and pit stops for the occasional fresh strawberries and corn on the cob, my life has been filled with the advantages that our parks provide; advantages that I'm reminded of each day.


Farmers' Markets and the Community

Farmers' markets showcase fresh fruit and vegetables along with beautiful displays.

Farmers’ markets not only provide local food, they also bring communities together. As both a foodie attraction and social function, markets attract neighbours, musicians, farmers, and entertainers, encouraging and growing the most fresh and delicious food our province has to offer.