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.

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Deck the Creeks with Christmas Trees

Across Canada there are some sixty million Christmas trees being farmed and each year between five and six million are harvested.  Most are brought home to be...

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Monitoring the Blindspots

“Picture the first place you thought of as nature.” asks J. B. MacKinnon in The Once and Future World, “Maybe it was nothing more than a vacant lot in...

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Issue 4NatureNature Issue 4Sustainability


Wildlife Fencing: Road Ecology in Milton

Roads endanger wildlife and human life. Wildlife collisions, especially involving larger animals, damage our vehicles, and can also injure and sometimes kill...

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The Gray Jay

On November 16, after more than a year of debate, Canadian Geographic named the gray jay the national bird of Canada —and the outcry could be heard from...

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Climate Change SOS (Save Our Syrup)

Situated between winter and spring in Ontario lies a fifth and oft forgotten season of the year, maple season (although cases could be made for a sixth and...

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Celebrating Everyday Heroes

Have a Cup O’ Kindness Yet – Pine Tea

Letters to the Editor


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