When it comes to climate change and the state of the environment, everyone thinks globally but do you know what is being done locally to help improve our environment? On Saturday, October 1, join Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) for its annual Stewardship Forum to learn how collectively we are working to protect our local resources for the future. The event takes place at University of Toronto Mississauga Campus from 9 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
“Each year we host this event to shed light on key projects and issues in our watershed,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC. “Our goal is to inform and inspire the community to get involved locally. The work that we all do at the local level helps to reduce the effects of climate change globally.”
This year’s event will feature a keynote address by Nobel Laureate and Township of Amaranth Mayor Don MacIver, recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 with former U.S. Vice-President Al Gore for his work on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. MacIver was a senior scientist with Environment Canada for many years and co-chaired the World Meteorological Climate Conference in 2007. Continue reading Credit Valley Conservation: Working Hard in Our Backyard
September 1, 2016 – Ten years of community service is a sentence local youth can be proud of. On Thursday, September 1, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF) marked the 10th anniversary of its Conservation Youth Corps program (CYC). The event took place at Jack Darling Memorial Park in Mississauga and celebrated 10 years of accomplishments and community support through the youth environmental program. In attendance were members from the CVC and CVCF’s Board of Directors, sponsors of the program, community partners and some of this year’s CYC student volunteers.
“In 2006, at the urging of our former CAO, Rae Horst, we started the conversation with our partners about the need for youth programming. We were committed to connecting youth with the environment,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC. “Our goal was to offer an environmental learning experience for 200 students during the summer and plant 10,000 trees.”
The CYC program began in the summer of 2007 with the support of the Region of Peel. The program aligned with municipal and provincial government priorities for healthy communities. The CYC program started with partners throughout the Credit River watershed to provide community service, engage high school students looking for volunteer hours and address climate change.
Youth volunteers spend one week in the summer working in a crew of seven. They participate in conservation activities such as tree plantings, trail maintenance, invasive species removal, stream restoration and electrofishing. The program offers students an opportunity to earn volunteer hours, develop new and different life skills and network with other students. Continue reading CVC celebrates 10 years of youth community service
One of the sweetest signs of spring has arrived, it’s maple syrup season! In March, the warmer daytime temperatures and cool nights, get the sap flowing. It’s the sap from sugar maple trees that is boiled down to make maple syrup.
Producing high quality maple syrup goes hand in hand with forest management. A sugar bush, a forest managed for maple syrup production requires the use of proper forestry practices to maintain production and sustain forest health.
To get high volumes of sap production, sugar maples need exposure to sunlight. The wider the crown of the tree, the more the leaves have access to light. Forest thinning is therefore an integral part of sugar bush management. Trees that impede the growth and crowd sugar maples are removed, as well as diseased and dying trees. Maintaining some species diversity in a sugar bush is important to build resilience of the forest as well as provide benefits to wildlife.
Maple syrup has been around for centuries. While the methods of maple syrup production have become less labour intensive today, good forestry practices still ensure the sustainability and health of the sugar bush. To find out about CVC’s restoration programs and services, including forest management, join us on April 2 at the Tree Planting and Habitat Restoration Services Presentation.
Visit the Countryside Stewardship Connection and share your maple syrup memories and create new ones at the Sugarbush Festival, click on the What is the sweetest sign of spring? Forum.
Have you ever wondered what happens to Christmas trees once they are put out on the curb? You may be surprised to learn, that some are used in stream restoration projects in the Credit River. Since 2008, CVC staff in partnership with the Region of Peel have collected Christmas trees curb-side.
As rivers flow, they naturally erode and deposit sediment creating a meandering path. Sensitive fish species like brook trout depend on cold, clean water. This occurs in well vegetated, stable streams where natural erosion processes have created calm, deep pools separated by faster moving currents in rapids. Some land practices such as the removal of plants and shrubs along river banks change these dynamics. That’s where the old Christmas trees come in. CVC has been working on a stretch of river at Upper Credit Conservation Area in partnership with local stewardship organizations to narrow the shoreline that had been damaged by cattle. Using natural forces, trees are strategically positioned on the side of the river where sediments would naturally deposit. The many branches act like a net catching sediment. As a result the meandering path and natural width of the river are restored at a faster rate. The success of this project can be seen from the bridge at Upper Credit (pictured here). In some areas, the river was 20 meters wide and has been narrowed by half.
Landowners with streams running through their property can affect water quality on site and downstream. Planting native plants and shrubs such as red-osier dogwood, white cedar and willow shrubs and maintaining an unmown strip of vegetation shades water keeping it cool and improves fish habitat. To learn more about caring for your land and water and projects such as stream restoration, attend an upcoming workshop.
If you want to learn more about the project at Upper Credit, visit the Countryside Stewardship Connection and click on the Trees for Streams topic.
November 26, 2015 – It’s time to channel your holiday spirit as the season of giving is officially upon us. On December 1, Credit Valley Conservation Foundation (CVCF), with support from Suncor Energy, will launch its Be a Conservation Hero campaign in connection with the global day of giving known as GivingTuesday.
Continue reading Be a Conservation Hero this Giving Tuesday