June is a busy month for brewers in the Greenbelt! Ontario Craft Cider Week is on from June 1 – June 8 followed by Ontario Craft Beer Week from June 9 – 17. It's the perfect time to celebrate the growing “craft” scene in Ontario by raising a glass of some of finest quality libations out there.
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.
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.
Give mom the best gift this mother’s day – time spent with you! We’ve got some ideas for you to make it easy to plan a wonderful Sunday with your mom!
Ontario’s Greenbelt has become a topic of discussion in the provincial election. It has been heartwarming to see so many people discussing the importance of the Greenbelt to the health and prosperity of Ontario and communicating their support for its protection.
New Greenbelt River Valley Connector Program will fund projects to realize the potential of newly protected Greenbelt urban river valleys
TORONTO, April 30, 2018–The Greenbelt Foundation and Park People have launched a new funding program to help connect people and communities to protected urban river valley (URVs) systems throughout the GTHA. The Greenbelt River Valley Connector Program will provide $100,000 in funding, to be matched one to one, to support five or more place-based projects a year that will help people explore, celebrate and enhance their local urban river valleys that are often undiscovered and underused.
Every five years, Ontario’s Conservation Authorities release report cards on the health of our watersheds. The report cards all measure forest conditions, groundwater quality and surface water quality, and some include other metrics such as wetland or impervious land cover. Recently, Conservation Halton released their 2018 Watershed Report Card.
The Conservation Authority found that in more urbanized areas surface water quality, and forest conditions ranged from poor to very poor. While in the Greenbelt, “we have better surface water quality, more robust forest cover and lower amounts of impervious cover” says Kim Barrett, Associate Director, Science and Partnerships at Conservation Halton.
From a landscape perspective, green infrastructure is an effective tool for mitigating the negative impacts development has on the natural heritage and agricultural systems of the Greenbelt. A prime example is helping to clean and cool water before it enters the river systems, which is important for rivers as a habitat and as a resource.
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.