The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has awarded a $30,000 grant to Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) to create the Countryside Stewardship Network. Launching in the summer of 2014, this interactive online tool will facilitate dialogue among rural landowners, leading to greater environmental stewardship in the Credit River Watershed.

The CVC will develop the tool as a social networking site that allows rural landowners and farmers to share resources and information about conservation practices. The network will also provide continuous community support and incentives to motivate real action towards protecting the Credit River Watershed, part of Ontario’s Greenbelt. The site will include discussion forums, current conservation news, and an “Ask a Stewardship Specialist” feature.

“The Greenbelt protects many of our valuable natural resources, including the Credit River Watershed” says Burkhard Mausberg, CEO of the Greenbelt Foundation. “Similar to sites like Facebook and LinkedIn, the Countryside Stewardship Network will build strong connections across the Greenbelt community by creating opportunities for landowners and farmers alike to interact and share their ideas and experiences on the importance of preserving our countryside.”

Building awareness through the practice of land stewardship among Greenbelt residents is critical to the well being of our communities and countryside. The CVC has been working for almost 60 years with partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect the Credit River Watershed from degradation; this is just one of many projects aimed at conserving the watershed for future generations.

Interested in the new Countryside Stewardship Network? Share your input and suggestions at a focus group session on Wednesday, November 6. The event takes place from 7pm to 9pm at Spirit Tree Cidery (1137 Boston Mills Road, Caledon). Contact Shannon Lem at (905) 670-1615 ext. 457 to RSVP and ensure that this exciting new tool works for your community.


About the Greenbelt:
Ontario’s Greenbelt is the solution for fresh air, clean water, healthy local food, and a thriving economy with good jobs. At more than 1.8 million acres, it’s the world’s largest permanently protected greenbelt, keeping our farmlands, forests, and wetlands safe and sustainable. The Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation works to help keep farmers successful, strengthen local economies, and protect and grow natural features. Join us! Learn more at: or find us on Twitter and Facebook.

About Credit Valley Conservation:
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 almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River Watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.


Jennifer Asselin          
Communications Manager
Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Phone: 416-960-0001, ext. 306
[email protected]

Shannon Lem
Program Assistant
Credit Valley Conservation
Phone: 905-670-1615, ext. 457
[email protected]


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