On November 17, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) Forestry Operations Centre celebrated the ground breaking of an office expansion. Municipal representatives, members of CVC’s Board of Directors and staff commemorated the first shovels in the ground for this long-awaited expansion.
“CVC’s forestry work started back in 1956, when we purchased our first tree planter,” said Don MacIver, CVC Vice Chair and Mayor of the Township of Amaranth. “It was two years after CVC was born. In that first year we planted 20,000 trees. To date, more than 6 million trees and shrubs have been planted across the Credit River watershed, much of it from nursery stock grown by CVC.”
The Forestry Operations Centre is the central hub for CVC’s nursery and naturalization programs, plus invasive species, reforestation and forest management teams. This expansion will seamlessly connect office and workshop spaces to improve operational efficiencies and forestry outputs.
“There was a growing need to improve the Forestry Operations Centre for many years,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC. “In the past few years, CVC has annually set aside funds to accumulate enough budget to build office space for the operations centre to support the workshop. The Region of Peel made a generous one-time contribution of $375,000 which allowed us to move forward with the expansion.”
The new office facility will be approximately 8,200 square feet. It will house work stations, a climate controlled storage room and a multipurpose meeting room/lunchroom, with capacity for up to 50 people to attend CVC meetings and workshops. CVC will invite community neighbours and partners to rent the multipurpose room.
Parts of the office interior will house re-purposed ash wood removed locally from the effects of emerald ash borer (EAB). Ash wood will be used for interior finishes such as art pieces on one wall and for the table in the meeting room.
Left to right: Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC Mike Puddister, CVC Vice Chair and Mayor of the Township of Amaranth Don MacIver, Erin Councillor John Brennan (back), Mayor of Town of Caledon Allan Thompson, Caledon Councillor Johanna Downey and CVC CAO Deborah Martin-Downs.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) is a local conservation authority established by the Ontario government in 1954 to protect, restore and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed. That watershed is the area of land defined by where all rainfall, snowmelt and runoff drains into lands and waters flowing into the Credit River. CVC creates connections between people and nature, knowledge and action. It inspires a deep appreciation for the role of nature in keeping people connected, healthy and happy. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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