The Ontario Heritage Trust this week announced its support for Hamilton Conservation Authority’s (HCA) efforts to secure environmentally significant lands in the Pleasant View area of Dundas.
In a letter to Chris Firth-Eagland, CAO, the Ontario Heritage Trust wrote “(we are) pleased to support the Hamilton Conservation Authority in this strategic natural heritage acquisition with an allocation of $208,000.00 through the Natural Spaces Land Acquisition and Stewardship Program. Natural Spaces is administered by the Trust in conjunction with the Ministry of Natural Resources. It conserves provincially significant natural heritage systems through the acquisition of property.
The acquisition of the 52-acre… property assists in maintaining a functioning ecological link between existing green spaces, while providing habitat to 13 rare and declining bird species.
“We are pleased to join in the growing number of local and regional partners in what is truly a collaborative effort to secure and steward this site for the benefit of all Ontarians,” the Trust wrote.
This donation was secured by a grant application from the Hamilton Conservation Foundation, contributing to the $800,000 acquisition of this property; a significant parcel which links existing protected areas on the Niagara Escarpment to Cootes Paradise.
Nearly half the required funds have now been raised for this particular campaign, a component of a larger $5 million campaign to secure remaining significant natural lands in the area through acquisition, partnerships and landowner stewardship.
HCA is one of several partners helping develop the Cootes to Escarpment Park System under the leadership of the Royal Botanical Gardens. Additional partners include Conservation Halton, City of Hamilton, City of Burlington, Region of Halton, Bruce Trail Conservancy, Hamilton Naturalist’s Club, McMaster University and Hamilton Harbour RAP. The Cootes to Escarpment Park System was also endorsed by the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce