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Help wanted at Glenorchy on September 28 to plant 400 trees and shrubs

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Conservation Halton and the Field and Stream Rescue Team invites residents to help plant more than 400 native trees and shrubs at Glenorchy Conservation Area on Saturday September 28, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

40 volunteers are needed to help plant these trees and shrubs to improve the overall health of the watershed. Volunteers are encouraged to wear hiking or work boots, bring water and come prepared for the weather conditions. Glenorchy Conservation Area is located in North Oakville and is roughly bounded by Regional Road 25, Highway 407, Neyagawa Boulevard and Dundas Street.

Conservation Halton, in partnership with the Field and Stream Rescue Team and the Hamilton-Halton Watershed Stewardship Program, will be planting these trees and shrubs along the banks of Fourteen Mile Creek in Glenorchy Conservation Area. A restored riparian corridor will help to enhance water quality as well as provide habitat for wildlife.

Jeff Stock of Conservation Halton says, “This tree planting is an important component of the ongoing restoration work taking place in Glenorchy Conservation Area.”

Dave Hulsman of the Field and Stream Rescue Team added “We’re happy we can support Conservation Halton as they expand and protect this natural area in north Oakville.”

This project has received financial support through the province of Ontario’s Great Lake Guardian Community Fund. For more information on this event, to sign up as a volunteer, and to receive directions, please contact: Jeff Stock, Conservation and Restoration Technician, Conservation Halton, by telephone at 905-336-1158, extension 266 or send an e-mail to jstock@hrca.on.ca. You can also register online.

About Glenorchy Conservation Area
Glenorchy Conservation Area was established in 2008 and covers 400 hectares (approximately 1000 acres) in north Oakville. Glenorchy is a key parcel of the North Oakville Natural Heritage System Core Lands. The site, which is not currently open to the general public, is managed by Conservation Halton through a long-term lease with the province with aims for natural heritage protection.

Conservation Halton is in the midst of an ambitious ten year plan to restore 170 hectares (approximately 420 acres) of native forests, wetlands and grasslands. The primary purpose of Glenorchy Conservation Area will be to preserve and enhance the natural heritage features of the lands such as creeks, valleys, and woodlots, and to restore some of the open area to unique habitats such as meadows and wetlands. This will enhance the property’s importance as a link to the Niagara Escarpment and other natural lands in the Greater Toronto Area Greenbelt.