CREDIT VALLEY CONSERVATION PRESENTS FRIENDS OF THE CREDIT AWARDS TO DESERVING FARMERS

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 – Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) recently presented its annual Friends of the Credit
Conservation Awards, recognizing two exemplary farm owners for leadership and significant restoration
projects.

Ruth Barbour and Doug Jackson own an 80-acre cash crop farm in Erin. Before owning this property, the farm was used as a cattle pasture with access to coldwater streams which once provided habitat for
brook trout. Over time, cattle from the pasture trampled stream banks which widened streams and
resulted in shallow water. Working with CVC and the Greg Clark Chapter of Trout Unlimited, Barbour and
Jackson improved in-stream habitat and spawning opportunities for fish. CVC also helped Barbour and
Jackson plant trees and shrubs as windbreaks and stream buffers as well as to install two stream
crossings to provide access to the property.

Don and Cheryl Carruthers own Stone Ridge Farm, a 100-acre cattle farm in Caledon, containing
provincially-significant wetlands. CVC planted 250 native trees and shrubs as windbreaks and wetland
buffers on the property. The livestock yard was converted from a bare, permeable yard to a cemented
area where manure is safely stored. Eavestroughs were also installed on the barn to divert rainwater from
the barnyard.

Funding and technical support for the projects was provided by CVC, Wellington Rural Water Quality
Program, Peel Rural Water Quality Program and the Canada Ontario Farm Stewardship Program – a
voluntary program offering financial and technical assistance to private rural landowners in Peel.

“These projects have resulted in positive changes to the environment,” said Mark Eastman, Program
Coordinator – Agricultural Extension for CVC. “I would like to encourage all farm owners to contact CVC to
discuss funding and technical assistance available to help with environmental improvement projects.”

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Media Contact:Information Contact:
Marta Marychuk,
Acting Supervisor, Communications
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 224
[email protected]
Mark Eastman
Program Coordinator, Agricultural Extension
Credit Valley Conservation
906-670-1615 ext. 430
[email protected]
Mark Eastman
Program Coordinator, Agricultural Extension
Credit Valley Conservation
906-670-1615 ext. 430
[email protected]
Mark Eastman
Program Coordinator, Agricultural Extension
Credit Valley Conservation
906-670-1615 ext. 430
[email protected]
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