Diversity is what defines the Greenbelt, from its range of habitats to the life forms within them. When people chose to settle in this part of Ontario it was in part because of the richness of the natural heritage systems found here. Now, millions of people call this place home and with such a large population that is only expected to grow, our natural heritage systems are feeling the pressure. Fortunately, through the Greenbelt our natural heritage system are protected from landscape fragmentation, allowing key habitats to survive and providing linkages and landscapes that support a healthy ecosystem for the diverse creatures that call the Greenbelt home.Read more
World Migratory Bird Day brings awareness and education to the need to protect migratory birds and their habitat – at all different levels, in all parts of the world. Here at the Greenbelt Foundation we recognize the importance of protecting nature for all flora and fauna and strive to work with organizations dedicated to protecting our natural heritage.Read more
Green infrastructure can help mitigate the negative impacts of development, build resiliency to climate change, and help reduce infrastructure costs.
The Greenbelt itself can be thought of as a regional scale green infrastructure. The Greenbelt includes over 290,000 hectares of protected natural features, such as wetlands, hedgerows, and forests. These protected spaces provide a multitude of services to our communities, ranging from reducing the risk of floods, reducing health care costs, to storing carbon.
To get a better understanding about the multitude of benefits that green infrastructure provides; we sat down with Tom Bowers, the Foundation’s Research Manager. This is the second blog post in a series that explores the multitude of benefits that green infrastructure provides to our communities.Read more
|Thomas Bowers, Research Manager at Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, shares why he thinks soil health is an important issue in today's battle against climate change and crucial in the support of a healthy agricultural system.|
Soil health is one of the most interesting and highest priority topics I work on. It affects all the issues the Foundation is concerned with: agricultural viability, healthy communities, environmental sustainability and climate change. It is also one of the most pressing issues facing the Greenbelt, Ontario, Canada and the world.
The Greenbelt Foundation is investing in a number of projects to improve soil health in the Greenbelt and mitigate climate change.
“Despite all our achievements we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact that it rains” - Farm Equipment Association of Minnesota and South Dakota
Don River (Photo: Kevin Van Paaseen - Globe and Mail)
It’s World Health Day today and on this day I can’t help but reflect and remember when I first moved to Toronto 4 years ago. At the time, I had not anticipated that I would spend so much time exploring Toronto’s ravines, especially the Don River. In fact, my image of Toronto was of a concrete jungle bustling with business folks and tourists. It was nice to be proven both right and wrong at the same time. Toronto is definitely a busy city but right within its boundaries it’s host to a whole other type of life.Read more
From “Day Zero” in Cape Town, South Africa to Jordan and Israel’s depleted reservoirs to droughts in the Prairies it seems like water and access to water is being discussed more often and with more urgency than ever before. It makes sense though, as water is vital to maintaining life, and without it there wouldn’t be any life to begin with.
Maple Syrup season is here! After years of trying to make it to a Sugarbush festival I finally succeeded! On a sunny Sunday afternoon, my friends and I hopped into the car and headed out to Kortright Centre to learn about and try everything maple they had to offer. If you’ve never been to Kortright Centre I implore you to go, it’s been a staple in my life since before I can remember and is how I first fell in love with the natural world. I was excited to return back to my roots and share in the adventure with my friends.
Upon our arrival we headed into the main building where they were serving pancakes with maple syrup and a gift shop offering a host of maple goodies for purchase as well. It was tempting to just sit down and dig in but the maple demonstrations beckoned us onward and so we continued out the back, down the stairs and to our first stop.
Hot rocks used to turn sweet water into maple syrup.
An official from Kortright Centre stood there with forked branches in hand, picking up hot rocks from the fire and placing them in a hallowed out troth which looked to be holding water. Upon further inspection (and explanation) we discovered that this was how the indigenous people turned “sweet water”, or the maple trees sap, to the more concentrated version of what we know as maple syrup. It was a long process back then, taking a week of round-the-clock work to obtain the smallest amount of syrup. Now, that’s what I call dedication.Read more
Position: Research and Policy Assistant
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation - Toronto, ON
Ontario’s Greenbelt is an area of permanently protected landscape of prime farmland and natural systems, as well as vibrant communities. It surrounds the Golden Horseshoe, and is vital to the quality of life in southern Ontario.
The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is a charitable organization, focused on supporting activities that preserve and enhance the agricultural, rural and environmental integrity of Ontario’s Greenbelt.
The Foundation undertakes or funds research and analysis to:
- develop better understanding of the implementation of the Greenbelt Plan and related policies such as the Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe;
- identify possible changes to policies and/or their implementation; and,
- contribute to increasing understanding of the Greenbelt, its agricultural, water and natural systems, and rural economy.
Last October, Ed McDonnell joined the team at the Greenbelt Foundation as our new CEO. On the occasion of his 4-month anniversary and the Greenbelt's 13th birthday, Ed answered a few questions about himself and his vision for the Greenbelt.Read more
A Telephone Town Hall was hosted by the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation on February 28, 2018 where thousands of Ontarians tuned in to find out about the potential Greenbelt expansion, why it's needed, and how to participate. If you didn't get a chance to join us you can still listen to it here:Read more