November 25, 2016 – Approximately 160 rural landowners joined Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) on November 10 for its Landowner Appreciation Event. The celebration recognized landowners for their efforts to improve the health of the Credit River and support watershed science. CVC staff and Board Members, municipal partners and representatives from local environmental organizations were present.
Refreshments at the event were sponsored by Foodland Ontario. Attendees enjoyed appetizers featuring local ingredients prepared by The Friendly Chef and Chopped Canada Season Three winner Pam Fanjoy and her team. And playwright and humourist Dan Needles entertained guests with his comical reflections on countryside living.
“The commitment rural landowners make to environmental stewardship in the Credit River watershed deserves celebration,” said Mike Puddister, Deputy CAO and Director of Watershed Transformation at CVC. “The Landowner Appreciation Event is our way of recognizing the individuals who are making a difference on their land.”
Over 90 per cent of land in the Credit River watershed is privately owned. “Without dedicated stewards practicing sustainable land management, undertaking ecosystem restoration projects and granting CVC access to monitor plants, fish, wildlife and water, we would not be able to protect our watershed,” added Puddister.
CVC helps landowners learn about rural land management and complete environmental projects by providing technical assistance, project planning services, subsidies and grants. Over the past two years alone, more than 400 watershed landowners have implemented 801 environmental stewardship projects resulting in 431 hectares of habitat restored, 162,629 trees and shrubs planted and 6 kilometres of stream restored. This includes tree planting, meadow restoration, dam mitigation, invasive removal, stream stabilization, ground water protection, manure and pasture management, erosion control and the list goes on.
Environmental stewardship is taking root in the Credit River watershed. Landowners are supporting CVC’s guiding vision of a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. Learn more about CVC’s programs and services at www.creditvalleyca.ca.
Left to Right: Orangeville Councillor Gail Campbell, Brampton Councillor Michael Palleschi (back), Mississauga Councillor Karen Ras, Halton Hills Councillor Bob Inglis (back), CVC CAO Deborah Martin-Downs, Caledon Councillor Johanna Downey, Erin Councillor John Brennan and CVC Chair and Mississauga Councillor Nando Iannicca.
Credit Valley Conservation is one of 36 conservation authorities in Ontario. Conservation authorities are provincial/municipal partnerships that manage the natural environment of a watershed, an area of land where the rain and snowmelt drain into a body of water. For more than 60 years, Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has worked with its partners to build a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
Specialist, Marketing & Communications
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615 ext. 224