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Help us name our new conservation area!

Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) has a new conservation area in the upper Stoney Creek mountain area and is asking the local Stoney Creek community to help name the property located on Green Mountain Road East, between 1st and 2nd Roads East.

178 acres in size, the new area has a lot of exciting natural features, including woodlands, agricultural lands, meadows and significant karst features including small caves and sinkholes. Karsts are geological features that are caused by water dissolving rock, found in limestone formations like the Niagara Escarpment.

The area also joins up with the Dofasco 2000 Trail and the Devil’s Punchbowl
Conservation Area.

The most exciting thing for HCA is that besides providing a beautiful new area for people to walk through and enjoy, this conservation area also protects sections of Battlefield Creek. 831 metres of Battlefield Creek run through the property, with smaller creeks branching off it.
Protecting and restoring these creeks and wetlands will slow the flow of water through that area and down the escarpment. Why is that important? If water runs through the creeks and drainage systems too quickly, it can cause flooding in the neighbourhoods below.

So now you know a little bit about this new area, help us think of a name that fits! Think of your neighbourhood and the things that make this new conservation area special and suggest a name.

The winning name will be announced at an event this fall and will featured on on-site signage and the HCA’s website for years to come!

Click here to access our submission package..

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Nature Crawl: Planting & Guided Hike

When: Saturday, October 1st, 2016 – 10:00 am (rain or shine)

Where: Eramosa Karst Conservaiton Area Feeder Lands

Park at Rymal Road Community Church, 1967 Rymal Road

 Photo of tree planters digging holes with forested background

  • Help us plant trees and shrubs on the Feeder Lands along Rymal Road
  • Join us on guided hikes with cave tours
  • Learn more about the karst features that make the area unique
  • See plans for a new East Escarpment Conservation Area
  • Enjoy a free family pizza lunch

Join us Saturday, October 1st at the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area Feeder Lands. We’ll be planting trees to build up the hedgerow along Rymal Road. Even if planting isn’t your thing, we’d love it if you could join us! We’ll have a guided hike so that you can learn more about the Conservation Area’s unique karst features. We’ll also be showing off plans to put donations to work building a new East Escarpment Conservation Area along Stoney and Battlefield Creeks. Registration is free and all are welcome!

This event is made possible by donations from the City of Hamilton, Friends of the Eramosa Karst, Heritage Green Community Trust, RBC Royal Bank and Stantec Consulting.

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Fall Colour Hike

When: Saturday, October 17th, 2015 – 1:00 to 3:00 pm (rain or shine)

Where: Christie Lake Conservation Area, 1000 Hwy 5 W, Dundas

Picture of fall colours over Christie Lake

Over the last year, we’ve had the privilege of investing $40,000 in donations from the General Conservation Fund into dramatically improving the ecological function of the Christie Lake CA. As our way of saying thank you to the amazing supporters who made this happen, we’d like to invite you to join us Saturday, October 17th for a guided fall colour hike. This is your chance to learn more about how donations are put to work for the benefit of our watershed and future generations.

  • Explore restored stream channels with Conservation Authority experts!
  • Enjoy the fall colours!
  • Children’s games and crafts!
  • Free barbecue, snacks and door prizes!

 This event is free for all donors, volunteers, pass-holders and their guests who register in advance.

Registration is closed.

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TD Community Tree Planting Day

Saturday, September 20, 2014 9:30am to 12:30pm (rain date September 27)

Desjardins Canal Parklands, Access through Centennial Park, Cootes Drive, Dundas

Td Tree Address fixed

Help us celebrate the transformation of the former Veldhuis greenhouses into a beautiful nature park by planting trees! There is no need to apply or RSVP. Simply show up at Centennial Park on Cootes Drive at 9:30 a.m., September 20, 2014 and join us!

The event is, of course, free and snacks will be provided! Bring sturdy boots, shovels and gloves if you can!

Rain date September 27. In the event of cancellation please check this page!

Please note that an event shuttle will run from McMaster University and King Street West in Westdale. Shuttle details will be posted in the days leading up to the event.

This event is made possible by TD Bank and is presented in partnership with Earth Day Hamilton-Burlington.

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Cherish it. Protect it.

Within our industrial city’s borders are places of incredible natural beauty. These trails, forests, meadows, streams and waterfalls are among the last “green spaces” available for us, and for future generations, to experience and enjoy. We have a unique opportunity to protect and conserve the natural lands, waterways and cultural heritage sites that add so much to our quality of life. It’s in our power to make a difference by safeguarding the habitat of birds, animals, fish and plants.

Your nature – your legacy.

The Hamilton Conservation Foundation raises awareness, funds and resources for the important work of Hamilton Conservation Authority. We invite those who cherish Hamilton’s natural wonders to join us in protecting and enhancing them. Together we can leave a legacy for generations to come.

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Dundas Valley

The 3,000-acre Dundas Valley Conservation Area, located between Dundas and Ancaster is a spectacular destination and protected natural environment in the UNESCO designated Niagara Escarpment World Biosphere Reserve. The Dundas Valley’s Carolinian forests, meadows, cold-water streams and rolling landscape are home to an array of rare plants, birds, butterflies, amphibians and wildlife.

The Dundas Valley’s 40-kilometre multi-use trail system, waterfalls, spectacular fall colours, trail centre and access to Hamilton-Brantford Rail Trail make these conservation lands a popular destination for hikers, dog-walkers, cyclists and equestrians.

Find out more about what the Dundas Valley has to offer.

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