CVC’s annual Stewardship Forum celebrates Lake Ontario and the shoreline.
Lake Ontario quenches our thirst, sustains our food supply, and soothes our soul with its natural beauty. Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) pays homage to the lake and shoreline at this year’s Stewardship Forum and Volunteer Appreciation Day on Saturday, October 5. This year’s forum takes participants to the source via a lakeshore bus tour.
“We’re very excited about the lakeshore bus tour,” said Dave Beaton, Manager of Community Outreach for CVC. “There have been a number of recent environmental restoration and stewardship projects along the lakeshore. It’s a chance to showcase the transformative work CVC and its partners are doing in the community.”
The tour makes stops at sites with projects designed to protect water quality and the lake, including naturalization and green infrastructure projects. Participants will explore habitat restoration sites along the Lake Ontario shoreline, including wetland restoration at Rattray Marsh and prairie habitat naturalization at Jack Darling Memorial Park.
The event starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and refreshments at the University of Toronto Mississauga Campus, 3359 Mississauga Road, in the Instructional Centre. Following that there will be a keynote address and volunteer recognition ceremony, celebrating environmental champions from the community. The bus departs at 10 a.m. and returns to the university campus at 2:30 p.m. A barbeque lunch is served in between.
CVC’s annual Stewardship Forum is widely known as a networking opportunity for environmental groups, environmentally-minded individuals and students.
“Our main goal is to bring like-minded people together and foster a sense of community around the local environmental movement,” said Beaton. “Lake Ontario is the perfect symbol for this. Everything we do in our communities eventually impacts the lake, since everything flows downstream. Lake Ontario represents the interconnectedness of our communities.”
The event is an opportunity for participants to contribute to the vision of the future by sharing ideas and discovering new ways to protect and restore the local environment. Those interested are asked to register online at www.creditvalleyca.ca/events or by contacting CVC’s Lindsey Jennings at 905-670-1615 extension 445 or [email protected]. Please register before September 19 to reserve a seat on the bus. There is a $10 fee to participate to cover bussing and lunch. Participants who have contributed more than 15 hours of volunteer service to CVC over the past year can use the promo code greatlakes5 upon registering to receive a free ticket.
The Great Lakes region represents one-fifth of the world’s freshwater supply and is home to more than 200 globally rare plants and animals, including 40 species found nowhere else in the world. The Lake Ontario shoreline is an important stopover for migrating birds, bats, and insects that require resting areas during long journeys across the continent.
Though industry and urban development may dominate parts of the landscape, the shoreline teems with life. More than 60 per cent of the known species in the Credit River watershed can be found within two kilometres of the Lake Ontario shoreline.
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 theCreditRiver. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of theCreditRiverwatershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.