Residents in the East Credit countryside looking for help managing their properties now have access to additional funds and resources through Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). Caring for the East Credit Countryside is a program that helps landowners improve the quality of land, water and wildlife on their properties.

Through this program, CVC offers site visits with in-field specialists, who will share their expertise in managing woodlots, streams, wetlands, ponds, meadows, and farms for maximum benefit to the quality of the land and water. Property owners will also receive information on cost-sharing programs for their land. Since 2008, CVC has partnered with landowners in the East Credit to plant over 34,000 trees and shrubs.

Doug and Janis Apted are Caledon landowners who had the forethought to plant trees 22 years ago, shortly after purchasing their property on Kennedy Road. Once abandoned fields are now covered with a forest of white pine, spruce and oak. “The trees are such a pleasure, providing shade and shelter over our home and walking trails throughout the seasons,” says Apted. Planting buffers of trees along streams and around wetlands and ponds enhances habitat for local wildlife, prevents soil erosion, filters pollutants and reduces water temperatures.

Where ponds are a barrier to water flow, retrofitting dam structures can also improve water conditions and habitat for fish and wildlife. In addition, CVC specialists can show landowners how to identify invasive plants and pests to help protect their woodlots.

To take part in the program, land must be located within the area around the East Credit River. The East Credit River is part of the Credit River system, which flows for over 90 kilometres from Orangeville to Port Credit. The land drained by the East Credit River is about 51 square kilometres, and is located entirely within the Town of Caledon. It is the meeting place of the Oak Ridges Moraine and Niagara Escarpment; rolling countryside supports thriving wetlands, a coldwater fishery, and productive farm lands. Data from a 2007 study shows the East Credit River to be relative healthy; however there are some areas where water quality and natural areas could be improved.

Residents of the East Credit countryside are invited to attend a do-it-yourself workshop and property tour taking place October 29 at the Caledon Community Complex, 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. This hands-on event will train landowners in property self-assessment and highlight projects completed by other landowners in their neighbourhood.

For more information, to book a site visit or attend the workshop contact Credit Valley Conservation at 1-800-668-5557.

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Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for over 50 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Bethany Lee

Community Relations Specialist

Credit Valley Conservation

905-670-1615 ext. 385

[email protected]

INFORMATION CONTACT:

Alison Qua-Enoo

Program Coordinator, Escarpment Outreach

Credit Valley Conservation

905-670-1615 ext. 438

[email protected]

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