New Fall Hike Series: BTC and OPG partner to highlight biodiversity on the Niagara Escarpment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


(HAMILTON, September 7, 2010)


The Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) and Ontario Power Generation (OPG) are once again partnering for a series of hikes on The Bruce Trail to celebrate the International Year of Biodiversity.

The OPG Fall Hike Series is an exciting, interpretive opportunity for families and individuals to explore the Bruce Trail and discover the tremendous variety and complexity of life on our Niagara Escarpment. Through guided hikes, interpretive signs and activity booklets, hikers will explore the Escarpment's biodiversity and what they can do to preserve it.

The first hikes of the series take place September 12 and 26. On these days, the public will have the opportunity to join a series of on-Trail interpretive hikes on four properties along the Bruce Trail owned and managed by the BTC. Ecological experts will lead participants through the biological wonders of wetlands, meadows, forests and streams, which are just a few of the habitats found on the Niagara Escarpment.

The OPG Fall Hikes Series will continue on Bruce Trail Day, October 3, where local Bruce Trail clubs will lead hikes for members and non-members, highlighting the biodiversity in their area. All participants in the OPG Fall Hike Series will receive a Biodiversity booklet - a fun-and-fact-filled guide to the different habitats of the Niagara Escarpment and the species that can be found there. The booklet will also allow participants to extend their experience beyond the scheduled events by visiting other intriguing locations along the Bruce Trail.

"The Bruce Trail Conservancy is very pleased to be partnering with OPG Biodiversity to provide the public with hands-on opportunities to learn about the biodiversity of the Niagara Escarpment and the Bruce Trail," said Beth Kümmling, BTC Executive Director. "Through these kinds of partnerships, OPG and the BTC are able to reach out to more Ontarians and engage them in the important work of preserving biodiversity."

OPG Biodiversity is a series of conservation-focused, family-friendly events sponsored by Ontario Power Generation in partnership with The Bruce Trail Conservancy, Ontario Nature, Earth Rangers, LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), Rouge Park and Trees Ontario. The goal is to spread the word about protecting and conserving biodiversity in our urban parklands and forest ecosystems, making it easy for people to get involved with the environment and help fight climate change. OPG Biodiversity is part of OPG's commitment to conserve, sustain and protect nature. For further information, go to opgbiodiversity.ca

For more information and to register for a hike, please visit opgbiodiversity.ca or email
opgbiodiversityhikes@brucetrail.org.

For further information on the Bruce Trail and the work of The Bruce Trail Conservancy in preserving the Niagara Escarpment, visit www.brucetrail.org.

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For BTC media inquiries, please contact:
Beth Kümmling, Executive Director, The Bruce Trail Conservancy
1.800.665.4453 ext. 23; bkummling@brucetrail.org


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For OPG media inquiries, please contact:
OPG Media Desk 1.877.592.4008


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