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Sappy Sweater Weekend at Crawford Lake and Mountsberg

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For Immediate Release
Wednesday, March 6, 2013

BURLINGTON – You know that sweater that you love to hate, that sits at the back of your closet but you just can’t give it away? Well, we want to see it!

This weekend (March 9 and 10) staff at Crawford Lake and Mountsberg Conservation Areas is hosting Sappy Sweater weekend. The weekend will kick off March Break maple syrup activities at both parks, and raise awareness of the effect of climate change on maple syrup production. Visitors are asked to dress in a “sappy” sweater and turn down the heat at home, by three degrees.

Sappy Sweater Weekend is our staff’s way of putting a twist on the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) National Sweater Day which is a fun way to learn about the importance of saving energy. National Sweater Day took place February 7 and promotes energy conservation by having people turn down the heat and wearing a sweater. According to the WWF website, heating accounts for 80% of residential energy use in Canada, and is a significant source of emissions.

Climate change has begun to show an impact on maple syrup production in various parts of North America. The movement of sap through a sugar maple is very weather dependant, and relies on the warm days and cool nights of late winter and early spring. As the climate becomes warmer and drier, some scientists believe that the maple sap production will drop as the season shortens. In addition some areas, such as the north eastern United States, may become too hot and dry for maple trees to survive.

Crawford Lake and Mountsberg both host a number of maple syrup activities such as wagon rides through a sugar bush, storytelling, candy making and taffy on snow. The parks have recently begun to track sap production in their trees, and have introduced a Climate Change SOS (Save our Sap) program to school groups. This is part of an effort to help the public become more aware of the very local impact of a global issue.

The taste of fresh syrup, smell of evaporator smoke and sound of boots trudging in snow are childhood memories of maple season that many of us cherish. We want to preserve that feeling for our children and grandchildren. So please turn down that thermostat, grab your sappy sweater and join us as we take action against climate change. We can’t think of a sweeter way to start March Break!

About Crawford Lake

Crawford Lake Conservation Area is located at 3115 Conservation Road in Milton (at the corner of Guelph Line and Conservation Road (formerly Steeles Ave.), 15 km north of the QEW and 5 km south of the 401). For more information please call Crawford Lake at (905) 854-0234 or e-mail

About Mountsberg Conservation Area

Mountsberg Conservation Area is located on Milburough Line, five km west of Campbellville between Highway 6 South and the Guelph Line. For more information please call Mountsberg at (905) 854-2276 or e-mail

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Conservation Halton is the community based environmental agency that protects, restores, and manages the natural resources in its watershed. The organization has staff that includes ecologists, land use planners, engineers, foresters and educators, along with a network of volunteers, who are guided by a Board of Directors comprised of municipally elected and appointed citizens. Conservation Halton is recognized for its stewardship of creeks, forests and Niagara Escarpment lands through science based programs and services.

Media Contact:

Norm Miller
Communications Advisor
Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext. 233