2017: A Year in Review

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2017 was another wonderful year, full of workshops, nature walks, tree planting events and other activities aimed at making Oakville a little greener. Take a look at some of our 2017 accomplishments!

Advocacy:

  • We advocated for the protection of Glen Abbey golf course, which resulted in the town rejecting the application to develop the land and moving to give the area heritage designation
  • Our advocacy for stronger protection for our urban trees was rewarded with an updated private tree protection bylaw, which the town approved in May

Education:

  • We reached over 6000 students through our environmental education programs, which aim to foster a sense of stewardship for our natural environment through nature walks, presentations, workshops and stewardship projects
  • Our Youth Stewards Program (OCAYS) had another successful year, offering workshops, volunteer opportunities, and hands-on experiences like frog and salamander monitoring to youth aged 13-18

Tree Planting and Stewardship:

  • With the help of our wonderful volunteers, we planted over 2000 native trees and shrubs in Oakville green spaces
  • Through our Corporate Greening Day program, we removed truckloads of invasive species, such as common buckthorn, garlic mustard and dog strangling vine, from Oakville woodlots
  • We launched our new Backyard Tree Planting program in partnership with LEAF, and planted our first 8 backyard trees

Thank you to all of our members, volunteers, supporters and partners for helping to green Oakville in 2017! We truly appreciate all of your contributions, and we look forward to working with you again in the new year!