“We cannot live only for ourselves. A thousand fibers connect us with our fellow men”. - Herman Melville
Sprouts emerge from the smallest seeds; similar to how ideas about conservation can take root in a community, and grow into a movement that inspires residents to protect and sustain the environment. We’re pleased to present the second volume of The Grindstone that started with a seed, and has grown into a place for stories and thought about conservation in our watershed.
This publication is not the only thing that has grown in the past year. At Conservation Halton, we’ve launched the Metamorphosis Strategic Plan 2020. Metamorphosis is the strategic plan that will guide the direction of Conservation Halton for the next three years. This strategic plan will enable us to invest in innovative ideas and technologies that will modernize our operations. It will empower us to communicate and collaborate more effectively with our current partners and create new relationships within the community. Most importantly, it will create the capacity for future transformation and position us to become leaders in natural resource management and conservation.
One of the pillars of Metamorphosis, and of Conservation Halton, is that we take care of our growing communities. Halton region is a diverse, thriving, and rapidly developing region. Every day residents see the invisible services provided by municipalities like garbage removal, street repair, electricity delivery, and mail delivery. But how does our water stay clean from run-off? Who maintains, and contributes to planning green spaces in our neighbourhoods? These are the invisible services that keep us and the environment happy, healthy, and resilient.
There are many invisible services in our community that are delivered by Conservation Halton: planning, monitoring, forestry, stewardship, regulations, and partnerships with developers, builders, and land-owners that all contribute to a healthy economy, watershed, and community. We encourage the use of low impact development in our community whether it’s installing bioswales and rain gardens--teaching about native species in Healthy Neighbourshed workshops, and even reconstructing creeks and wetlands that lead to beautiful parks to walk in, and that also clean our water and air. It’s these invisible services that we take for granted.
In this issue, Sprout, you will learn about the many ways we are taking care of our natural heritage, and our growing communities. You’ll read about the restoration of Courtcliffe Park, the sustainable technologies used for Fern Hill Private School, and also about the important work to reduce erosion in Brighton Beach in the face of stormwater run-off.
From there it’s a short walk to the importance of green spaces for health and wellness, and how we protect those green spaces by purchasing it. Lastly, you’ll read about how we’re helping the Butcher Bird come back from the brink, and you’ll see how a love of nature is sprouting in the Autism Nature Club at Mountsberg. When we come forth to take care of nature, our watershed can grow and develop to be enjoyed by all.