Connecting Lake Simcoe's Community

Despite the cool weather, many Barrie residents came out to plant trees and enjoy eco-activities at Sunnidale Park this past Saturday.

The tree planting event, hosted by the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation (LSCF) and its partner the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA), had a three-fold purpose; to raise awareness about how we can improve the health of our environment; to put the first of many projects under The Creeks Project in the ground; and to kick-off the fundraising campaign that will support additional works under The Creeks Project banner.

 

 “Our vision is of a watershed community that works together to respect and support a healthy eco-system. The Creeks Project is designed around the trusted science of the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority. This four year project will focus our fundraising and stewardship projects in the urban areas that many people now live; creating that connection between our built and natural areas.” says Debby Beatty, President of the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation.

As the leading environmental fundraising charity in our watershed, through The Creeks Project, the LSCF aims to raise money to fund much-needed projects that will be focused in the Lovers, Hewitt’s and Barrie Creeks sub-watersheds; all part of the larger Lake Simcoe watershed. Located in both Barrie and Innisfil, these three subwatersheds already contain about 40% of the Lake Simcoe watershed’s population and are anticipating considerable population growth in the coming years.

“One of the biggest challenges that LSRCA faces is how to balance the needs of the environment with the growth pressure facing so many of our communities,” said Georgina Mayor Rob Grossi, Chair of LSRCA. The increasing urbanization of our watershed is one of the contributing factors to the health of Lake Simcoe and the surrounding watershed. The launch of The Creeks Project is a shining example of how we can work together to help our communities understand their connection to the Lake and inspire them to invest in restoration and protection projects where we can have a real impact.”

LSCF will work closely with project implementers, LSRCA, and partner municipalities, to establish priorities for The Creeks Project over the next four years. Some of the projects under consideration include tree planting, soil erosion control, bio-swale and rain garden demonstration sites, stormwater pond plantings and public education materials.

To make this campaign a success, both agencies are asking for community support through donations and attendance at community projects. To donate now, visit lakesimcoefoundation.ca or contact Cheryl Taylor, LSCF Executive Director at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tel: 905-895-1281 X310. For more information on The Creeks Project please contact Dan Andrews at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 905-895-1281.

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