FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 22, 2015
CHRISTMAS COMES EARLY FOR GRIMSBY TEEN
Foundation Gives Grant for Campaign to Save Greenbelt’s Historic Woodlot
During the season of giving, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is providing a $500 grant to Save the Woodlot, supporting the environmental advocacy of Colton Tew in his efforts to save the Irish Grove Woodlot in Grimsby.
The investment from the Foundation will help Colton and Save the Woodlot purchase Carolinian tree and shrub species to be planted at the organization’s Spring Open House. The plantings will be used to enhance the northern section of the woodlot, providing better protection from drying winds and increasing wildlife habitats.
According to Save the Wood Lot’s presentation to the Region’s Planning Committee in May 2015, the extension is unnecessary, because lands are already accessible by the current road system. The proposed extension of Livingston Avenue from Casablanca Boulevard to Oakes Road in Grimsby would pave over part of the region’s permanently protected Greenbelt. The extension is also inconsistent with public sentiment. Recent Environics polling in Niagara Region shows that over nine out of 10 respondents (91 per cent) believe it’s important to limit urban sprawl.
Both the Region and Save the Woodlot await the results from the Province’s co-ordinated review of the Greenbelt Plan and three other land use plans, including the Niagara Escarpment Plan. A recent report, by an expert advisory panel tapped to review the four plans, recommended that the Ontario government should grow the province’s nearly two million acres of protected farmland, forests, and water systems.
“As a father of three teenage girls, I am inspired by Colton’s story,” says Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. “His leadership shows deep compassion for the future and health of both Niagara Region and the province.”
“From my recent association with Jane Goodall and the Jane Goodall Institute of Canada, I am more aware than ever of the need to bring this topic to the public, to ask them for their help in saving the Irish Grove Woodlot,” states Colton Tew, grade 11 student, Grimsby Secondary School. “I feel that it is important for young people to get involved and make a difference in ensuring that there will be a sustainable environment for future generations. It is gratifying to see the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation being the first to recognize this cause by stepping up to the plate with this donation. I certainly hope others will follow in their footsteps and help us make a difference.”
"We are so pleased to have Colton join our team and receive this support from Friends of the Greenbelt. It is a real recognition of the significance of the Irish Grove Wood Lot," says Bruce Mackenzie, spokesperson, Save the Woodlot Grimsby. “The Irish Grove Wood Lot is a living museum that has been left to us as a legacy. Our job is to leave it for future generations."
About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, and a thriving economy with good jobs. At nearly two million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect natural features. Join us in 2015 as we celebrate 10 years of success for the Greenbelt! Learn more at: greenbelt.ca or find us on Twitter and Facebook.