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Amongst Oakville’s many trails and green spaces, 14 Mile Creek stands out as an important urban river valley with upstream connections to headwater features such as groundwater recharge areas, ephemeral streams and wetlands.
Oakvillegreen invites you to join us for a hike along 14 Mile Creek, in partnership with the Ontario Headwaters Institute, and the Greenbelt Foundation. Join us Saturday, April 18th at 9:45 am at Langtry Park parking lot (near Third Line and Kings College, just north of the QEW).
The Hike will be a fun outdoor adventure and help people obtain a better understanding of why headwater features are important. As noted by the Ontario Headwaters Institute’s Andrew McCammon, “Headwaters are the foundation of our watersheds and nurture more biodiversity than any other type of habitat in Ontario”.
The hike also aims to encourage participants to get involved in the 2015 Greenbelt Review currently underway. “We hope that when people see the beauty of 14 Mile Creek and witness threats influencing our headwaters and urban river valleys, they will be inspired to voice their support for strong and expanded Greenbelt protection of our urban river valleys”, explained Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Inc., Executive Director, Giuliana Casimirri.
A new Provincial Town Hall meeting for the provincial government to hear from residents about the Greenbelt and related provincial plans was recently announced for Oakville. This consultation meeting will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at White Oaks Secondary School on McCraney St. from 6-9pm.
The hike is one of a series of ten Headwater Hikes across the Greenbelt developed in partnership with the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Ontario Headwaters Institute, and 19 regional partners.. More information on the role that headwaters play in the Greenbelt, and other Hikes, can be found at: http://ontarioheadwaters.ca/hikes/
TAKE ACTION TODAY!
SHOW YOU CARE ABOUT SAW WHET and FOURTEEN MILE CREEK:
What’s at stake?
Last year a developer submitted an application to build about 780 houses and 2 multi-story buildings on what is currently Saw-whet Golf Course within Oakville’s Merton Lands (Click here for an aerial photo). There was a loud public outcry against the plan with hundreds of residents writing letters and attending public meetings. Council vowed to do all it could to stop the development of Saw-whet. The developer has since appealed the development application to the Ontario Municipal Board (OMB). A pre-hearing is set for May 1 and the hearing is scheduled to start in October.
1. WRITE TO THE MAYOR & COUNCIL TODAY
The Mayor and Council need to hear from you asap!
Take a moment to email: firstname.lastname@example.org (cc: email@example.com).
Reaffirm your support for the conservation of all of the Merton Lands.
Here is some suggested wording to get you started:
“I am opposed to the development of Saw Whet Golf Course. This greenspace should be left as open greenspace to protect wildlife habitat and maintain the continuity of the natural heritage of the Fourteen Mile Creek and its environmentally sensitive surrounds. It is imperative that we preserve the multiple benefits that this ecologically sensitive area provides for wildlife and humans and protect terrestrial and water resources. Development of the Saw Whet Golf Course will fragment and negatively impact the pristine Fourteen Mile Creek ESA that is home to numerous provincially and nationally rare species. I want Fourteen Mile Creek to be protected, enhanced and expanded to connect with other ecologically sensitive areas. It is our legacy to protect this area for future generations. Once it’s developed, it’s gone.”
2. ATTEND A KEY COMMUNITY MEETING – APRIL 14th, 7PM
You are invited to attend a public meeting on April 14, 7 pm, at Halton Region Building, 1151 Bronte Rd. hosted by Allan Elgar and Roger Lapworth, 14 Mile Creek Residents Association and Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Inc. Learn more about the OMB process and how you can become involved. Visit: http://www.elgar.ca
For more on the Merton Planning Study: http://www.oakville.ca/business/merton-planning-studies.html
Sean James has been gardening professionally since age sixteen. He is a graduate of the prestigious Niagara Parks School of Horticulture, a Master Gardener and is a two-time past-President of the Milton & District Horticultural Society. Sean also writes a monthly gardening column in the Halton Compass and an eco-column for professional landscapers in the national Landscape Trades Magazine – some of which can be read on the Fern Ridge website. He designed the Milton Millennium Garden. He instructs for Humber College, Mohawk College and Landscape Ontario and is a photographer. He sits on the Environmental Stewardship Committee for Landscape Ontario and the Horticultural Outreach Collaborative on invasive plants and is a member of the Green Infrastructure Ontario Coalition. He also maintains close associations with solar and water resources companies as well as many other eco-friendly associations. Sean has also spoken on CBC Radio on Green Roofing and has been featured on HGTV’s ‘Green Force’ starring Carson Arthur and ‘Marriage Under Construction’.