Stronger Laws, Stronger Landscape and a Stronger Legacy for the Oak Ridges Moraine and Greenbelt
$85,000 (one year)
The project continues the collaborative efforts of the Oak Ridges Moraine Partnership (EcoSpark, Earthroots, Ontario Nature and STORM) to strengthen protection of the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine. During the 2015 Review, the Partnership will work towards improving environmental protection policies in the Greenbelt and Oak Ridges Moraine Plans; extending the natural heritage and agricultural systems of the Greenbelt to a regional scale; call for hard urban boundaries and smarter urban growth; and ensure a strong Greenbelt legacy through public support, monitoring and stewardship.
Credit Valley Trail Master Plan
Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
$100,000 (2 years)
Credit Valley Conservation will work with partners, including the Credit Valley heritage Society, to develop a Master Plan for the Credit Valley Trail. When complete, the Trail will extend 90 km from the Credit River’s headwaters in Orangeville to its mouth at Lake Ontario. The Trail Master Plan will plan an optimal route, assess tourism opportunities, identify land securement priorities and points of interest, and build support for the Credit Valley Trail and the Greenbelt among the general public and municipalities along the route.
Fostering Stewardship and Conservation within the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System
$156,405 (Two years)
The project addresses habitat fragmentation and promotes the long-term ecological viability of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System by improving conservation on privately-owned lands mapped as part of the Park Vision. Royal Botanical Gardens will collaborate with the Hamilton Halton Watershed Stewardship Program to inform 200 property owners on opportunities for land stewardship and protection; and, connect directly with a smaller group of landowners to offer technical and fundraising support for conservation actions.
Roots of the Greenbelt Phase II
$39,000 (One year)
The project builds support among the public and municipal leaders for natural heritage systems planning in the Greenbelt. Ontario Nature will reach out to select municipalities to promote greater uptake of progressive municipal policies such as those highlighted in the Best Practices Guide to Natural Heritage Systems Planning developed in Phase I of the project.
Headwater Hikes in the Greenbelt
$22,550 (One year)
The Ontario Headwaters Institute will develop ten headwater hikes in the Greenbelt. The hikes will look to improve public understanding of the important role of these features in the health of the Greenbelt’s biodiversity and downstream watersheds.
Destination - Greenbelt East!
$52,000 (One year)
As a way of broadening awareness and deepening support for the Greenbelt in Northumberland County, the Nature Conservancy and Alderville First Nations will host workshops for conservationists, guided public tours, school outings, and a Greenbelt Prairie Day in the Rice Lake Plains area. With the First Nation’s Ecology Centre as the project “hub”, the partners will also connect with private landowners to encourage stewardship on their lands; and, with public landowners and community partners to help promote the Greenbelt.
Achieving Wetland Restoration Through an Environmental Benefits Index
$40,000 (18 months)
Wetlands are the most ecologically beneficial features on the Greenbelt and their restoration can greatly enhance its natural capital. This project will develop and test an Environmental Benefits Index for wetlands in the Greenbelt that will allow users to determine the environmental and social benefits of individual restoration projects. These scores can be used to prioritize restoration and land securement projects and to allocate funding for cost-share stewardship.
The scheduled provincial review of the Oak Ridges Moraine Conservation Act in 2015, presents an opportunity to celebrate the Moraine’s importance as the “rainbarrel” and source of clean drinking water for eight million residents in southern Ontario. A coalition of environmental organizations including Earthroots, Ecospark, Ontario Nature, and STORM, will also engage the public and key stakeholders to assess the Act’s impact and opportunities to strengthen protection, particularly in conserving groundwater resources and curbing the practice of burying of contaminated fill in the Moraine.
A public art exhibition will be staged at the Markham Museum contributes to a growing public dialogue within Markham, the GTA, and Ontario, about how we live in and plan for a planet in transition. Its aim is to create public dialogue about the future of land use. The exhibition ran from September 21 to October 13, 2013.
TEA supports local efforts to grow the Greenbelt along Toronto's major urban river valleys, including the Humber and Don Rivers. This will ensure these watershed lands are permanently protected and connect millions of urban residents directly to the Greenbelt. The project further celebrates the Greenbelt's 10th anniversary by engaging the public in activities that support the Greenbelt (buying local food, taking a hike) and sharing their stories with others online.