HAMILTON, June 26, 2014 -
On June 21, in the presence of noted naturalists from around the Province, Bruce Trail Conservancy (BTC) Executive Director Beth Gilhespy was delighted to receive, on behalf of the BTC, Ontario Nature's Steve Hounsell Greenway Award.
In Ontario's increasingly urbanized landscape, the BTC is working to ensure critical Niagara Escarpment landscape remains in its natural state for everyone to explore and enjoy in perpetuity. The BTC is one of Ontario's largest land trusts, and its work in conserving and preserving Escarpment land is of growing importance.
The Ontario Nature award celebrates individuals or organizations who are working to provide vital links between Ontario's green spaces. Ontario Nature President Angela Martin wrote "The Bruce Trail Conservancy's work as one of Ontario's largest land trusts, preserving over 8,000 acres of Niagara Escarpment landscape, demonstrates that the organization is very deserving of this award."
Beth Gilhespy reflected on the meaning of this award. "So often we're recognized - and rightly so - for our world-class Bruce Trail, which is well-loved by hundreds of thousands in Ontario and worldwide who hike the Trail. But it's incredibly gratifying to be recognized by our peers for the challenging work we do in preserving and conserving the natural habitat along the Niagara Escarpment. It is truly an honour to receive a conservation award from a highly respected and dedicated organization such as Ontario Nature."
The Bruce Trail Conservancy is in the midst of a large land acquisition campaign. Through its 50th Anniversary Milestones Project, the Bruce Trail Conservancy plans to permanently secure and preserve 5,000 acres of Escarpment land, provide for their stewardship and rehabilitation, and ensure trails on these lands are of the highest ecological and recreational standard.
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