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Revitalized eco-system

Twenty years ago, the stretch of land between Lamoureux Park and the bridge to Cornwall Island was a brown wasteland where the natural ecosystem had been stripped away by industrial pollution.

Then, in 1997, the Raisin Region Conservation Authority with funding from the Cornwall Rotary Club put in the rushing creek that exists there today in an effort to restore the original ecosystem. This area would then became known as the Rotary Eco-Gardens.

Two decades later, on Sunday, Transition Cornwall+ Tree Action Arbre organized a guided tour of the eco-gardens with one of the scientists who originally spearheaded the project. Organizer Susan Towndrow said the walk was about admiring the handiwork of all the people who worked hard to revitalize the riverside ecosystem.

Read Revitalized eco-system by Alan S. Hale at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.





October 16, 2017 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Exploring Canada’s Biosphere Reserves

UNESCO Biosphere Reserves are a way to think about nature that includes people as part of the environment. For those living in Canada’s Biosphere Reserves, the environment is only healthy if human communities and the ecosystems that sustain them are both thriving – today, and for hundreds of years to come. Narrated by Blue Rodeo’s Jim Cuddy, Striking Balance is an 8×50 minute documentary TV series that goes coast to coast in cinematic 4K – combining aerial, motion capture time-lapse, and nature photography to create a stunning picture of Canada’s Biosphere Reserves. Broadcasts start Oct. 4th @ 9pm on TVO, and will be available across Canada on following broadcast. Knowledge Network broadcast will be in the spring of 2017.

September 27, 2017 at 11:21 am Leave a comment

Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesota

Last year, when Minnesota passed a groundbreaking law on best practices for providing pollinator habitat at solar power sites, they also (unexpectedly) helped launch something called Solar Honey, in which solar companies and commercial beekeepers work together in a mutually beneficial arrangement.

On May 31, 2016, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton signed the Pollinator Friendly Solar Act into law, a first of its kind legislation that lays out voluntary standards for managing native habitat—think prairie grass and wild flowers—for pollinators, songbirds, and other beneficial critters. Solar developers and local governments can use these guidelines, which give recommendations on things like what seed mixes to use, the best options for laying out the plants, and how to maintain the site, in order to help provide these beneficial creatures with the a comfortable home. In return, they get bragging rights, so long as they can prove they’re following state regulations. They also have to make their site’s vegetation plan available to the public, among other requirements. The idea is catching fire among solar providers through Minnesota.

Read Solar Power and Honey Bees Make a Sweet Combo in Minnesota by Lorraine Chow at Modern Farmer.

September 20, 2017 at 11:14 am Leave a comment

For Humans, Bugs and Beauty — An Urban Food Forest Demonstration

“This place is famous. People loving coming by here because at any time of year you can get something to eat.” Architect Mark Lakeman, co-founder of the City Repair project, gives a tour of the corner sidewalk outside his Portland office building, where a food forest is bursting with life. A diagram shows where over 80 plants are located in six or seven vertical layers. Tall fruit trees, flowers, a grape arbor, herbs, berries, small vegetables, and ground cover are abundant.

Related: TD Tree Days: Building an edible forest  Dozens of environmentally conscious residents showed up with shovel in hand to help the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and the Raisin Region Conservation Authority plant trees for TD Tree Days.

September 18, 2017 at 9:50 am 1 comment

Forests looking for good homes around Cornwall

With tree-planting season just around the corner Forest Ontario is offering landowners 50 million trees to fill in those empty spaces and the Cornwall area is being targeted as one area that needs some of those trees.

It’s easy to get on the list for trees, said Susan Moore for Forests Ontario and with Moore Partners Marketing & Communications.

All it takes is a call or email to the Eastern Ontario outreach co-ordinator, who in turn will take your information and contact the local field adviser. The field adviser will do a site visit and see if you are eligible for the program. In order to be eligible, the landowner must have 2.5 acres of open land.

The 50 Million Tree Program provides both funding support to cover up to 80 per cent of the total planting costs and technical assistance. A local planting partner will work with the landowner to develop a site plan, do the planting and conduct follow-up assessments in subsequent years.

Read Forests looking for good homes around Cornwall by Lois Ann Baker at the Cornwall Standard-Freeholder.

Related: Transition Cornwall+ Tree Action Arbre working group.

April 5, 2017 at 11:02 am Leave a comment

Where money grows

Cities routinely rake up tens of millions of dollars from their urban forests annually in ways that are not always obvious. Leafy canopies lower summer air conditioning bills, but more shade also means less blade to maintain thousands of acres of grass. Health-wise, trees contribute to lower asthma rates and birth defects by removing air pollutants.

Portland, New York City, Milwaukee and Atlanta are among the cities that have quantified the payoff from pines and palms, olives and oaks. It’s part of a breakthrough in thinking among city planners in recent decades who now realize that a city runs not just on engineering, but on biology and ecology as well.

Read Where money grows by Jack Payne at Corporate Knights.

February 6, 2017 at 12:01 pm Leave a comment

Province Launches Pollinator Health Action Plan

butterflyAfter months of consultation, Ontario announced the launch of its comprehensive Pollinator Heath Action Plan in December, and states the plan “will help keep Ontario’s agri-food sector sustainable and productive as it supports a healthy environment by protecting pollinators.”

In November 2014, the government launched the first Pollinator Health strategy with targets of reducing overwinter mortality rates for managed honey bees to 15 per cent by 2010, and achieving an 80 percent reduction in the number of acres planted with neonicotinoid-treated corn and soybean seed by 2017.

In 2016, a third target was added of restoring, enhancing and protecting 1-million acreas of pollinator habitat in Ontario.

Read Province Launches Pollinator Health Action Plan By Candice Vetter at Agri-News.

January 16, 2017 at 11:40 am Leave a comment

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