Thanks to the generous support of our donors, the CVC Foundation (CVCF) is thrilled to announce that we were able to provide Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) with more than $1.5 Million dollars in 2015.
The CVC Foundation is committed to helping CVC realize their vision of a thriving environment that protects, connects and sustains us. To achieve maximum impact, we focussed our 2015 fundraising efforts in four key areas: Trails and Ecologically Sustainable Recreation; Environmental Restoration; Environmental Education; and Land Securement.
The $1.5 million dollar contribution from CVCF was critical in helping CVC achieve the following outcomes in 2015:
- The acquisition and protection of 38 acres of environmentally significant land and associated wildlife habitats. This was accomplished through the securement of three new land parcels including 32 acres adjacent to Caledon Lake Forest, 3 acres in the Terra Cotta Forest and 3 acres adjacent to Robert Baker Conservation Area.
- The completion of the 8.3 kilometre Vicki Barron Lakeside Trail at Island Lake Conservation Area. Following an ambitious 10 year campaign led by the Friends of Island Lake, residents and visitors to Island Lake now benefit from an enhanced connection with and access to the local natural environment.
- The environmental restoration of Rattray Marsh. Located on the Lake Ontario Shoreline in Mississauga, Rattray Marsh is a designated Natural Area, a Provincially Significant Wetland, and an Area of Natural and Scientific Interest. The marsh had experienced ecological degradation as a result of changes in flow, water quality, soil erosion, and the presence of exotic species such as carp. The restoration of the marsh to a healthy, dynamically stable ecosystem will have long term benefits to recreational fisheries as it is an essential spawning and nursery area for game fish such as Northern Pike and Yellow Perch that only reproduce in wetlands.
- The planting of 9,140 native trees and shrubs by 3,855 community volunteers through the Community Tree Planting Program.
- The engagement and cultivation of 1,683 youth environmental leaders through the Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) program. CYC participants collectively contributed more than 10,500 volunteer hours to environmental projects in 2015 including the planting of 7000 native trees and shrubs.
- Undertaking the development of a Master Plan for the Credit Valley Trail. Highlighting our watershed’s natural and cultural destinations through outdoor recreation, this proposed 113 km trail will be a direct link from the Greenbelt to Lake Ontario, knitting together our urban and rural communities and stimulating local economic development.
- The installation of an On -Water Amphitheatre at Island Lake Conservation Area in Orangeville. Set within the natural environment, the stage and surrounding infrastructure will form a fundamental component of the ecologically sustainable recreational and arts identity of the Headwaters.
- Advancing numerous restoration projects including:
- Credit River Grassland Bird Recovery Program
- Save our Ash Program
- Caledon Creek Stream Restoration Project
- Brook Trout Habitat Restoration at Upper Credit Conservation Area
- Invasive Species Removal at Silver Creek Conservation Area
The CVC Foundation would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of our donors and volunteers for making these projects and programs possible.
We would also like to take this moment to acknowledge our donors and supporters that made a significant gift of $25,000 or more in 2015. Our sincere thanks to the Coalition of Canadian Trail Organizations, Enersource Corporation, Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, Government of Canada, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ontario Trillium Foundation, Rotary Club of Orangeville Highlands, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Town of Mono, Town of Orangeville and the UPS Foundation.
Thank you for making the local natural environment a priority.
Best wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season,
Terri LeRoux, Executive Director