Funding announced for Credit Valley Trail

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September 11, 2015

FUNDING ANNOUNCED FOR CREDIT VALLEY TRAIL

Greenbelt Foundation Earmarks $100,000 for Trail’s Master Plan

Credit Valley Conservation is receiving support from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation to develop a plan for a 110-kilometre hiking trail along the Credit River.

With a $100,000 grant from the Foundation, Credit Valley Conservation, partnering with the Credit Valley Heritage Society, will bring to life a 60-year old vision of a connected pedestrian corridor. Stretching from the river’s headwaters in the Greenbelt outside of Orangeville, through the urban river valleys of Peel, the trail will end at the mouth of the river in Lake Ontario, not far from Port Credit.

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A Picture is Worth Nearly 2 Million Words

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August 13, 2015

A PICTURE IS WORTH NEARLY 2 MILLION WORDS

Photo Contest Focusing on the Beauty and Vitality of Ontario’s Greenbelt

The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Professional Photographers of Canada (PPOC), and the McMichael Canadian Art Collection are teaming up to launch a photo contest to celebrate 10 years of Ontario’s nearly 2 million acres of permanently protected Greenbelt.

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Greenbelt Route Trailhead Sign Unveiled in Cobourg

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August 12, 2015

GREENBELT ROUTE TRAILHEAD SIGN UNVEILED IN COBOURG
Sign Signals Start & Finish of 475 Kilometres of Pedaling Adventures

A 1.5 metre by 1.1 metre Greenbelt Route trailhead sign was unveiled outside of the Cobourg Marina today.

One of five trailhead signs being posted along the new Greenbelt Route, the Cobourg trailhead sign at the Cobourg Marina displays a map of the 475-km route, along with suggested stops for cyclists, including the Aderville Indian Craft Shop and Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna Ecology Centre, Peter’s Woods Nature Reserve in Alnwick/Haldimand, and downtown Port Hope. With colourful photos and maps, the trailhead sign also shows over 50 local points of interest, including bike shops, museums, art galleries, campsites, conservation areas, natural features, and public transit hubs. 

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Greenbelt Route tailhead sign unveiled in Queenston

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August 10, 2015

GREENBELT ROUTE TRAILHEAD SIGN UNVEILED IN QUEENSTON
Sign Signals Start & Finish of 475 Kilometres of Pedaling Adventure

A 1.5 metre by 1.1 metre Greenbelt Route trailhead sign was unveiled in Niagara-on-the Lake today.

One of five trailhead signs being posted at various locations along the new Greenbelt Route, the Queenston trailhead sign in the Niagara Parkette displays a map of the 475-km Route, along with suggested stops for cyclists, including downtown St. Catharines, Ball’s Falls Conservation Area in Welland, and the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area in Hamilton. With colourful photos and maps, the trailhead also shows over a 100 local points of interest, such as wineries, bike shops, museums, art galleries, breweries, cideries, and public transit hubs.

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Five-hundredth Greenbelt Route Sign Posted in King Township

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July 24, 2015
 

FIVE-HUNDREDTH GREENBELT ROUTE SIGN POSTED IN KING TOWNSHIP 
Milestone Sign to be One of Over a Thousand Cycling Route Signs Across the GTHA

The 500th Greenbelt Route sign was put up today by King Township’s Parks and Recreation department on Kettleby Road just west of Keele Street.

In King Township, cyclists along the Route can experience the small town charm in this scenic area of the Greenbelt. They can pedal along long stretches of smooth roads well-traveled by bicycles as the Route passes the Old Feed Mill and shops that line Main St. in Schomberg. Cyclists can take a break and visit the walking trails in Thornton Bales Conservation Area, an on-farm market at Round The Bend, and enjoy impressive views of the Niagara Escarpment and City of Toronto.

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Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt

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May 11, 2015

COMMUNITIES LEADING THE WAY IN STRENGTHENING THE GREENBELT
Research Highlights Ways Local Governments are Helping Achieve Greenbelt’s Goals

The latest research from the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation looks at a mix of initiatives and tools 30 municipalities are using to enhance Ontario’s Greenbelt.

The report, Local Leadership Matters: Ontario Municipalities Taking Action to Strengthen the Greenbelt, surveyed dozens of municipal officials. The results emphasize the many ways communities are directly and indirectly helping to achieve the objectives of the Greenbelt—enhancing valuable natural heritage sites, supporting agriculture, increasing tourism, and strengthening local economies.

"Many local governments are showing tremendous leadership in strengthening Ontario’s Greenbelt,”" says Burkhard Mausberg, CEO, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation. "Similar to one of sports’ most dynamic duo, communities are setting the Greenbelt up for success like Gretzky’s silky-smooth assists to Jari Kurri in the 1980s and ‘90s."

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Greening Niagara's Sunday Blossom Tour

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April 21st, 2015

Greening Niagara's Sunday Blossom Tour 

Lovers of Niagara-grown peaches, pears, and other delicious tender fruit will soon have their chance to explore and learn more about the orchards from where their bountiful harvests of fruit comes from each summer.

Greening Niagara, a Niagara based non-profit focused on environmental education and community projects, is organizing a Blossom Sunday Tour on May10th – an event which will bring local residents and tourists together to witness the blooming of fruit trees, flowering plants and wildflowers, budding woodlands, and productive farms. Blossom Sunday’s were once popular events throughout Niagara, and traditionally held two weeks before Mother’s Day. Greening Niagara believes this tour will stir a new public interest in learning about the prime farmland and fruit growing in the area.

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Day devoted to migratory birds in Northumberland

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April 21st, 2015

A DAY DEVOTED TO MIGRATORY BIRDS IN NORTHUMBERLAND

Everyone is invited to join biologists and conservation partners for a free talk and bird walks on Sunday, May 3rd, 2015 to celebrate International Migratory Bird Day in Northumberland County.

This year’s theme: Restore Habitat, Restore Birds, highlights the protection of birds and their habitat. The day begins with a bird and habitat tour of the Nature Conservancy of Canada’s Hazel Bird property and ends with a bird hike at the Alderville Black Oak Savanna. Dedicated staff and volunteers are eager to share their expertise and enthusiasm for migratory birds.

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OPPORTUNITIES TO STRENGTHEN SOUTHERN ONTARIO’S FOOD SYSTEM

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February 4, 2015

 OPPORTUNITIES TO STRENGTHEN SOUTHERN ONTARIO’S FOOD SYSTEM
Report Highlights Ways to Bring More Local Food to Province’s Dinner Tables

A groundbreaking study identifies ways Ontario can make changes to its food system to increase the supply of local food, create jobs, and support healthier lifestyles.

Encompassing the first research of its kind in Canada, the report, Dollars and Sense: Opportunities to Strengthen Southern Ontario’s Food System, produced in partnership by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation, the Metcalf Foundation, and the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, looks at a number of scenarios. Key findings include:

  • Reducing the top 10 fruit and vegetable imports by 10 per cent and expanding local production would help create 3,400 jobs and boost the province’s GDP by nearly a quarter billion dollars.
  • Ontarians adopting a healthier diet leads to higher consumer demand for fruits, vegetables, and some grains. For example, if consumers moved to an ideal level of oat consumption in their diets, 241 jobs would be created and the province’s GDP would grow by more than $14.2 million.
  • Transitioning 10 per cent of food consumption to organic would improve farm incomes and reduce the environmental impact of food production, but require imports of many products unless local organic production was increased.
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Iron and Wine to Perform at 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic!!

Iron and Wine to Perform at 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic!!
Saturday August 29, 2015


Gates at 11AM. Show at 12PM
Christie Lake Conservation Area
1000 Highway #5 West
Dundas, Ontario


EARLY BIRD TICKETS ON SALE NOW!!


Tickets available online at www.ticketbreak.com,
or by calling 1-866-943-8849
or at Picks and Sticks, 140 Locke Street South
or Dr. Disc, 20 Wilson Street in Hamilton, Ontario


HAMILTON (December 20, 2014): September Seventh Entertainment Limited announced today another exciting addition to the 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic. American song writer, Iron and Wine, joins the list of performers previously announced which includes song writing legend Gordon Lightfoot, Bahamas, Basia Bulat, Gregory Alan Isakov, Kathleen Edwards, Martha Wainwright and Hamilton’s Dinner Belles. The 2015 Greenbelt Harvest Picnic takes place on Saturday August 29th at Christie Lake Conservation Area in Dundas, Ontario. Gates open at 11AM and show starts at 12PM. The event serves to celebrate the importance of the Greenbelt, local farmers, art, the outdoors and the eat-local movement.

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