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ENVIRONMENTAL_ISSUES (Posted On: Wednesday, February 08, 2017)

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SEMINAR ON ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES   Silver Creek Stewardship Initiative Committee-Blue Mountain Watershed Trust

SPEAKER: Peter Kelly-Coordinator of the Cootes to Escarpment Eco-Park System

SPEAKER: Carl Michener, Silver Creek Stewardship Initiative Committee (SCSI) Blue Mountain Watershed Trust (BMWT)

ORGANIZER: Donald Avery, SCSI, and BMWT (avery@uwo.ca)

TOPIC: Preserving the Ecology of the Niagara Escarpment Within a Near-Urban Setting: Lessons From Hamilton/Burlington and Collingwood/Blue Mountain

LOCATION: Collingwood Public Library: Third Floor Community Meeting Room

DATE/TIME: Saturday 11 February: 10:30-12:30

FORMAT: The seminar will begin with an overview presentation by Peter Kelly on the major trends associated with the unique and successful Cootes to Escarpment Eco-Park System. Carl Michener will then discuss  the highlights of the BMWT project on Silver Creek, and how its ecology can be protected by an effective landowner stewardship system. 

The second part of the seminar will be a round-table discussion that will explore a number of  important themes will be explored within the context of the Near-Urban experiences of Hamilton/Burlington and Collingwood/ Blue Mountian. Both these projects have profitted from grants provided by the Ontario Trillium Foundation.

MAJOR THEMES FOR ROUND-TABLE DISCUSSION

1/ Developing partnerships for large scale environemtnal protection projects. 

2/ Preserving environmentally sensitive lands through acquisition/control. 

3/ Creating  an effective land stewardship system: the perspective of NGO planners  and landowners. 

4/ Water quality concerns and remedial actions.   

5/ Reconciling progressive recreation with ecological preservation.  

6/ Endangered Species and Invasive Species.   

 PARTNERS IN CONSERVATION:

A/HAMILTON/BURLINGTON: COOTES TO ESCARPMENT ECO-PARK

General Administration: Board, Administrative Council, Secretariat

City of Hamilton; City of Burlington; Halton Region

Conservation Halton; Hamilton Conservation Authority; Royal Botanical Gardens; Bruce Trail Conservancy; Hamilton Naturalist' Club

McMaster University

B/COLLINGWOOD/BLUE MOUNTAIN 

Blue Mountain Watershed Trust (Silver Creek Stewardship Initiative)

Nottawsaga Valley Conservation Authority (active); Niagara Escarpment Commission (passive); Town of Collingwood (passive); Collingwood Chamber of Commerce (passive)

FUTURE GOVERNMENT, CONSERVATION AND NGO PARTNERS? TO BE DISCUSSED


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