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Greenbelt Foundation funding for Northumberland

Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation are funding projects across Ontario from the Escarpment Eco Park in the Hamilton / Burlington area to environmental workshops in Northumberland.

"The Nature Conservancy of Canada's project aims to garner awareness and support for the Greenbelt in Northumberland County by partnering with Alderville First Nation to host (more) workshops for conservationist guided public tours, school outings, and a Greenbelt Prairie Day in the Rice Lake Plains area," states a media release.

Prairie Day is an annual event at the Alderville First Nation Black Oak Savanna Ecology Centre on County Road '18 near the south shore of Rice Lake, its natural heritage co-ordinator Janine McLeod said in a recent interview.

Greenblet MapThis year's Prairie Day, the seventh annual, takes place Sept. 20 from: 10 a.m. to 4 p.rn. according to the website

The number of educational workshops for the public and students has also expanded this year.

With the funding announcement, this partnership with Alderville First Nation will build on and provide more exposure for existing programs.

"We look forward to highlighting the eastern end of the Greenbelt over the next year and building awareness of activities in Northumberland County," says Todd Farrell, the Nature Conservancy of Canada's conservation biologist for the region. “The area has unique natural heritage features and habitats that will be showcased to landowners, visitors, and school groups."

Valerie Macdonald
Northumberland Today
August 28, 2014