FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MAY 4, 2017
Hamilton Celebration of the Greenbelt Book Showcases the Success of the World's Largest, Best Protected Greenbelt
Alan Hansell and David Galbraith join Friends of the Greenbelt CEO and author Burkhard Mausberg at Epic Books to celebrate the Greenbelt Book
HAMILTON – Local residents and environmental enthusiasts gathered at Epic Books to celebrate the launch of a new book from Friends of the Greenbelt CEO Burkhard Mausberg about the history and success of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The Greenbelt is a compelling coffee table book filled with beautiful photography and rich stories from the Greenbelt, published by Barlow Books.
Founder and Executive Director of Stewards of Cootes Watershed Alan Hansell joined Burkhard Mausberg to talk about the amazing community of nearly 1,000 volunteers who have donated their time to cleaning and preserving the Cootes Watershed. The watershed is the largest wetland in Southern Ontario at 600 acres.
“The Greenbelt gives us confidence that the Cootes Watershed and the Red Hill Watershed will be protected long after all the time and effort our group has invested to restore them,” said Alan Hansell, founder of Stewards of Cootes Watershed. ‘It is an honour to have our story shared in the Greenbelt book,” continued Hansell, whose group has pulled over 156,000 kilograms of debris out of the watershed.
The panel also included Dr. David A. Galbraith, Head of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens who worked with an array of partners over ten years to build the foundations of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System, with the support of the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation.
The book contains candid interviews with key policymakers who contributed to the creation of the Greenbelt, including former premiers Bill Davis, Mike Harris, and Dalton McGuinty. The Greenbelt also tells the stories of the farmers, activists, and entrepreneurs who made the Greenbelt a success, including Ontario wine pioneer Don Ziraldo, singer Sarah Harmer, and chef Jamie Kennedy.
“In my 12 years of leading the Greenbelt Foundation, I have met so many engaged, dynamic people who live and work in the Greenbelt. This book is the opportunity to share their stories and celebrate what makes the Greenbelt a success,” said Burkhard Mausberg, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation CEO and author of The Greenbelt. “It isn’t my book, but belongs to all of the people who have tirelessly led, battled, prevailed, and succeeded in creating our Greenbelt.”
Everyone that appreciates the beauty of Ontario, and especially the allure of its farms and hamlets, waterfalls and caves, fields and trails – and wants to protect these spaces for future generations – will find this book an essential read.
About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, active outdoor recreation, and a thriving economy. At nearly 2 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. Learn more at: greenbelt.ca.
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Office: (416) 960-0001, ext. 306