Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision Project receives $171,600 OTF Grant

Hamilton Conservation Authority is pleased to announce that they and their partners who are working on the Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision and Strategy project have received a $171,600 grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. Funds from the three-year grant will be used to hire a Strategy Manager to implement the first 10 priorities of the Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision and Strategy.

“The Dundas Valley is a critical piece of our community landscape,” said the Hon. Ted McMeekin, MPP for Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale. “The roots of our local history come from this land. As a healthy haven from the pressures of growth, the Valley provides habitat for many natural species, a classroom for students, trails for families, a home for local agriculture and more. I am proud to live in this region that values the Valley and its blessings and heartily support this project which will ensure its sustainability.”

The Strategy, developed in 2008, looks at the Dundas Valley 50 years from now. It looks at how community partners can protect the Dundas Valley’s diverse cultural and natural heritage, and sustain its agricultural, recreational and economic viability over the next 50 years. Over the past two years, under the guidance of a community steering committee, the project has identified 10 priority areas for implementation and developed action plans for each. The Strategy Manager will be responsible for implementing the 10 action plans with the support of a variety of local community groups.

The organizations involved in the initiative are: Hamilton Conservation Authority, Dundas Valley Historical Society, Manorun Farm, Giant’s Rib Discovery Centre, and Dundas in Transition.

“We are extremely grateful to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting this Vision project,” said Brian McHattie, Chair of the Hamilton Conservation Authority. “Through collaboration with community partners, the Vision Strategy gives us the opportunity to sustain and enhance this unique and precious area. The Dundas Valley as a whole is significant not only locally, but on a national and international scale. It’s these types of collaborative projects which help the Niagara Escarpment maintain its status as a World Biosphere Reserve while benefiting the residents and visitors who live and play here.”

For more information on the Dundas Valley 50 Year Vision and Strategy, please visit http://www.conservationhamilton.ca/dundas-valley-50-year-vision-and-strategy-2 The leading grant-maker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF helps build healthy and vibrant communities. For more information, please visit: www.otf.ca.