Conservation Authorities are an unusual creation. In 1954, Hurricane Hazel wrecked unexpected havoc in Ontario, washing out streets, bridges, homes, and trailers. Conservation Authorities, legislated in 1946, quickly rose in importance shortly after to avoid similar damage.
While each Authority is localized to the needs of its watershed, they all do excellent work around flood control, water quality, wetlands preservation, and fish and wildlife habitat.Read more
GREENBELT HARVEST PICNIC EARLY BIRD TICKETS
ON SALE THIS SATURDAY
Ray LaMontagne, Daniel Lanois,
Bruce Cockburn, Boris Brott,
Gord Downie, The Sadies, And The Conquering Sun
Los Lobos, Sarah Harmer, Ron Sexsmith, & more!!
Saturday August 23, 2014
Gates at 11AM - Show at 12PM
Christie Lake Conservation Area
1002 Highway #5 West
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 30, 2014
MAJORITY OF ONTARIANS WANT TO SEE GREENBELT GROW
Environics Poll Shows Continued Support for Greenbelt
After nine years, support for Ontario's Greenbelt remains strong. Ontarians want to see more land included in the land protection policy according to a recent poll conducted by Environics Research Group.Read more
Rainbow trout are alive and well in Toronto's Humber River.
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.
Each spring steelhead—otherwise known as rainbow trout—migrate up the Humber River to spawn, and can be seen jumping dams at various points through the city. Chinook and coho salmon make the run in the fall. Although all three species were introduced from the Pacific, they have established wild, self-sustaining populations in the Great Lakes.Read more
A page on American Warblers from the well-known bird field guide, Sibleys.
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.Read more
Traversed by numerous rivers and tributaries, my home country Bangladesh is the largest delta in the world; a fertile land that ranks among the most densely populated regions on Earth! As a delta, Bangladesh has traditionally been vulnerable to flooding and cyclones, but the present challenge is completely different in extent and nature. It is being apprehended that in the next 20 years, 25% of the country’s land will go under water. The consequences will be disastrous from an ecological perspective because the largest delta, besides supporting livelihood of 160 million people, also hosts the largest mangrove forest on earth.Read more
With the fluctuating temperatures of our Ontario spring, feeling under the weather is almost inevitable. Stock up on these local plants, sold and served throughout the Greenbelt, to soothe your cold and flu blues.
Oregano: Culinary herb and, when distilled into an oil, can soothe stuffy noses. Image: Wikipedia, 2014.
Together with our partners in Love the Ravines we've been promoting Toronto's Humber and Don River Valleys.
Green. Water. Valley. Walking. Those are the first things that come to mind when I think of "ravines."
We are fortunate to have a plethora of ravines in the GTA—a whole system and network of them.
I remember my sheer surprise when I first walked Oakville's ravines a couple of years back. I had no clue how wide-ranging, beautiful, and easily accessible they were. And almost every neighbourhood in the city is tied to the ravines system, ensuring that every resident is within a stone’s throw of nature.Read more
My family moved from Toronto to Durham when my sister and I were only six months old. We bought a house in Pickering down near Frenchman's Bay. The house had a huge backyard to play in and overlooked a fallow farmer's field. A crew of ten other kids our age lived within shouting distance of our house. We played in Petticoat Creek Conservation Area in the summer, fall, winter, and spring—always racing home when the streetlights started to come on.Read more
We're a lucky organization.
We've got a talented research team and an effective communications crew.
But as our name tells we also give away money (the "extra lucky" part). The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has granted on average about $2.1 million a year since its inception. The Greenbelt Fund has granted over $6.3 million since it started in 2010.Read more