MEDIA RELEASE - Friday September 24, 2010
At The Bruce Trail Conservancy's Annual General Meeting on September 18, 2010, held in Burlington and hosted by the Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club, over 100 members celebrated the organization's significant 5-year milestones.
Over the past five years, between January 2005 and 2010:
BTC Million Dollar Milestones 2005 to 2010:
Other BTC Milestones 2005 to 2010:
"Through the tremendous support of our members, volunteers and donors, we have been able to make significant strides in the protection of the Niagara Escarpment," remarked Conservancy Executive Director, Beth Kümmling. "In 1960 Bruce Trail founders had a vision of a secured conservation corridor for the Bruce Trail, from Niagara to Tobermory, for future generations to enjoy. Our progress over the past 5 decades, and especially the successes of the past 5 years, puts the Bruce Trail Conservancy well on the way to making their vision a reality."
The Bruce Trail is Canada's oldest and longest public marked footpath. The Trail runs 890 km from Queenston Heights on the Niagara River to Tobermory at the tip of the Bruce Peninsula, along the Niagara Escarpment. The Escarpment is home to most of Ontario's at-risk flora and fauna as well as majestic vistas, waterfalls, historical sites and wonderful geological formations. It is a sensitive ribbon of wilderness running through Canada's most highly populated area; more than 6 million people live within a 90 minute drive of the Niagara Escarpment.
The Bruce Trail Conservancy is a charitable organization committed to establishing a conservation corridor containing a public footpath along the Niagara Escarpment, in order to protect its natural ecosystems and to promote environmentally responsible access to this UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve. For almost 50 years the Bruce Trail Conservancy and its partners have been working to secure a conservation corridor on the Niagara Escarpment that contains the Bruce Trail. To date almost half of the corridor is secure; the other half is still in private ownership and thus vulnerable to development or restricted access.
The Iroquoia Bruce Trail Club manages the 162 km of main Bruce Trail and side trails, stretching from Grimsby to Milton. Its members keep the local section of Bruce Trail maintained and safe for use, care for lands that the BTC owns or manages, lead hikes throughout the region, hold public outreach events and participate in community activities that promote conservation of the Niagara Escarpment.
For information regarding BTC membership in the Iroquoia Club or any of the 9 Bruce Trail Clubs stretching from Niagara to Tobermory, please contact Laura Tuohy, Membership Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the BTC and its milestones, please contact:
Beth Kümmling, Executive Director
The Bruce Trail Conservancy
1-800-665-4453 ext. 23