Evergreen: having green leaves throughout the entire year, the leaves of the past season not being shed until after the new foliage has been completely formed; or, enduring freshness or interest
Evergreen is a fitting theme for an issue published at the end of one year and the beginning of the next. We’ve seen the dead, yellow, Christmas trees awaiting pick-up at the ends of driveways and curbs at the end of year, while we’re busy forming our goals and resolutions to usher in the new. It’s a transitional period: the old year leaves once the new year is budding. For Conservation Halton, the end of 2016 marked our sixtieth anniversary on December 20th. Conservation Halton began as Sixteen Mile Creek Conservation Authority--mandated to protect and preserve the watershed. We started out green in a fledgling form of organization. We’ve responded and adjusted to the ever-changing political, economic, and social climates of Ontario. Over the past sixty years, the communities in the watershed have drastically changed, and our ability to grow and renew is a testament to our permanence.
In 2017, we’re changing again. We’re on the precipice of launching the new Strategic Plan, Metamorphosis, in a year Canada will celebrate 150 years of its own legacy. How we change today in conservation will become a part of the larger story of conservation in Ontario.
In the Evergreen issue we’ll look at the impermanence of the climate and how its changes affects the possible loss of our beloved Maple trees: the very icon of the flag. You’ll learn how Stewardship reuses used Christmas trees to renew damaged creeks and create fish habitats. We’ll sip on a cup of pine tea, and read about the Gray Jay, Canada’s newly appointed national bird.
Then, we’ll read about the real heroes in our watershed, the individuals who work every day for the environment: the Conservation Award Winners of 2016. You’ll learn how people in our watershed have worked selflessly to better our environment since 1985, and how the awards recognize those whose work may otherwise go uncelebrated. One couple has reforested their land over 27 years, and planted 9000 trees. Another one of our heroes includes a teenage founder of a youth-led organization which spearheads environmental initiatives through volunteerism, opportunity and leadership.
After reading about some of the tireless environmental stewards in your community, read about the wildlife fencing on Tremaine road: we’ve integrated smart roadside construction solutions for a booming population in Milton, while still preserving and protecting wildlife.
Conservation endures because of the passionate people who continuously work for the environment and lead our communities in protecting and conserving nature. When we engage with conservation, we become leaders--like our award winners who keep conservation a fresh topic in our watershed. When we engage with conservation, the environment will prosper and remain resilient. Conservation will remain evergreen.