Town of Collingwood Chamber of Commerce
The Blue Mountain Watershed Trust is the winner of the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce 2016 Not for Profit Organization Award. We received a beautiful desk clock plus a certificate from Sandra Cooper, Mayor of Collingwood. The Watershed Trust thanks the Chamber and our Board members Blanka Guyatt and Carl Michener for submitting our successful nomination.
The tree is one of two Sugar Maples donated by the Trust to the Collingwood Arboretum, which is located in Heritage Park (behind McDonald's). The Arboretum is managed and maintained by the Collingwood Horticultural Society. The two trees were donated in the 1990's and have grown into beautiful specimens.
Also, Blanka has arranged for donation of eight 8-10 foot trees which have been planted in Bayview Park in Thornbury.
Ontario Trillium Foundation Silver Creek Stewardship Initiative
Silver Creek Stewardship Initiative: In January 2016, the Watershed Trust received a grant of $60,700 from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for the project to engage the community to help and protect Silver Creek, the most unspoiled watershed in the area. Encouraging people to support a healthy and sustainable environment, this initiative is helping conservation and restoration efforts on the Creek.
To administer the grant, a separate sub-committee has been established. It consists of Don Avery, Project Director; Carl Michener, Watershed Trust Director and Chair of the WT Communications Committee; Eric Willis WT Director; George Powell, Vice-Chair of our Watershed Action Group (WAG) Committee and expert on water issues; and Doug Brown, WAG member and former President of the Pine River Watershed Initiative Network (based in Ripley). In addition, the sub-committee works closely with experts at the Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority.
In stage one, a complete Ecological Land Classification mapping (ecotyping) of the entire 49 km of the Silver Creek watershed has been carried out. Using air photo interpretation and site validation (once landowner permission is given) an inventory of stewardship potential has been done along the Creek. For high priority areas, details about ownership, contact information, size of the property, and other features was compiled to help inform landowners about how they could “Save the Silver”.
Stage two was developing an inventory and contacting landowners.
Stage three is tree planting and stream bank restoration work, which is scheduled for fall 2016.