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BMWT President Recognized by Bruce Trail

Norm Wingrove, long-time member and Acting President of the BMWT, Environmental & Nature Activist and former Director of Finance for the NVCA was recently recognized for his life-long support of the Bruce Trail Conservancy with a plaque named in his honour. Located just south of the Dufferin Hi-Lands section of the Bruce Trail in Mulmur Township, Dufferin County, the plaque is located on a beautiful bridge crossing the Black Bank Creek, a tributary of the Pine River. The Pine joins into the Nottawasaga at Angus.

The Bruce Trail Conservancy has worked tirelessly to preserve much of the natural beauty of the Escarpment and surrounding lands. This picture of Norm's plaque is taken against one of the many beautiful waterfalls found on the trail

Our thanks for your incredible work on behalf of all of us and congratulations Norm! Photo Credit: Duncan Bristow

Your Nature Photo of the Week, compliments of the Blue Mountain Watershed Trust (BMWT) Dear Members and Friends of the Watershed Trust: Let's celebrate the natural beauty of Collingwood, Thornbury and our surrounding areas! Please send your nature photos to: you! Looking forward to hearing from you! Morag McKenzie

Clearview Township is selling County Road 91, one of the region’s busiest east-west thoroughfares, to a quarry for their private use. It is estimated that the sale value is well below market value.

To replace County Road 91, Clearview Township wants to pave a seasonal sideroad – damaging the environment, denying access to vehicles such as heavy trucks and farm equipment, and adding critical minutes to Emergency Services response times to Grey Highlands.

The road projects are already expected to be more than $1 million over budget – from Clearview taxpayers’ pockets!

We, the undersigned, are calling on Clearview Township Council to:

  1. Stop the closure of County Road 91;
  2. Withdraw its plans to upgrade 26/27 Nottawasaga Sideroad; and
  3. Commit to protecting the Niagara Escarpment and the Township’s rare natural heritage features.
You can sign the Petition Here.

Message from Laura Wensink | Restoration Biologist
Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority

Cancelled due to COVID-19 I will be hosting a few volunteer events near Collingwood and the Blue Mountains and would love your support. We will be planting tree seedlings at two locations on May 5 and May 8 (see attached map for approximate locations). On April 15 we will be bioengineering: propagating native shrubs from cuttings and using them to stabilize a stream bank (it will be a bit muddy!).

We will be tree planting and bioengineering at Petun Conservation Area. Perhaps you have hiked the Bruce Trail sidetrail there! Last year we removed a dam and pond that was warming the water temperature by up to 7C, which is not idea for the cold-water fish that call it home. The stream now flows across some beautiful riffles and pools, but the area where the pond once stood needs to be replanted with native trees and shrubs. We would love your help.

We take safety seriously and will be taking the following safety measures:

  1. NVCA follows Covid-19 safety protocols in accordance with Ontario regulations, including mandatory masks, sanitizing tools, maintaining 2m distance, contact tracing, limit to 25 people per event, etc.
  2. If Simcoe-Muskoka District goes back to Zone Grey (Lockdown), the events will be cancelled because NVCA staff will not attend.
  3. Steep slopes at Petun Conservation Area (April 15 and May 8) make this site unsuitable for young children or people with lower mobility

Unfortunately we will have to cancel our April 14 stream restoration event at Petun Conservation Area, due to the province wide lockdown. In order to take advantage of the dogwoods ability to sprout from cuttings, the shrub has to be cut when dormant (ie no leaves). We will have to wait until October or November for this event. By then it will hopefully be a little less muddy and many people will be vaccinated, so I am hopeful it will be an excellent event!

The current Grey Zone/ Lockdown is 28 days long, so our tree planting events on May 5 and 8 are still in the plan! If the Simcoe-Muskoka and Grey-Bruce health units are both out of lockdown (ie we return to zone red, orange or green) these socially distanced events will be permitted! Participants will need to pre-register for these events since we have to limit the size of the event. I will send the links to do that 1-2 weeks before the event, if circumstances allow

Film Premier

“Save Wolf Lake”

Presented by the Friends of Temagami

March 11th 7:30 PM

Followed by a short panel discussion with a Q & A

Watch it online on the Friends of Temagami YouTube Channel

For More Information visit:

“This is an environmental catastrophe in the making,” says local group

Save Silver Creek Wetlands aims to protect environmental legacy, holds builders accountable for responsible development.

The following link will take you to a an article describing the efforts being made by "Save Silver Creek Wedlands" to fight against inappropriate development.
Save Silver Creek Wetlands aims to protect environmental legacy, holds builders accountable for responsible development