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Hamilton Community Foundation grant boosts new volunteer program

A volunteer removes Japanese Knotweed in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area.
A volunteer removes Japanese Knotweed in the Dundas Valley Conservation Area.

With a grant of $12,400 from the Hamilton Community Foundation’s Community Fund for the Environment, our EcoCise program will be able to have a much bigger impact on the Hamilton watershed’s conservation lands. The EcoCise program empowers community volunteers to improve our Conservation lands through a number of different events. Events include nature cleanups, invasive species removals and native species plantings. 

With this generous grant, Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA) has been able to purchase everything needed to make a difference on our conservation lands. That means everything from gloves and pruning shears to a set of specialized garden tools called Extractigators which help pull stubborn, deep-rooted invasive plants such as buckthorn, which is found throughout the Hamilton watershed.

While the current Covid-19 situation has put our volunteer events on hold for the time being, we’re still hoping to hold as many events as possible this year. Those events include a garlic mustard pull at the Eramosa Karst Conservation Area, a community clean-up day on the Hamilton to Brantford Rail Trail and an invasive species pull at the Rifle Range Quarry in the Dundas Valley just to name a few.

If you would like to get involved in EcoCise, your first step is to visit the HCA volunteer page and submit your contact information.

Staying safe and caring for conservation lands

During the Covid-19 pandemic, the Hamilton Conservation Foundation staff and Board of Directors want to extend our best wishes to you and your family.

Our main office is currently closed to the public. Our staff, however, continue to carry out the work of the Foundation through a mixture of working from home and limited hours at our main office. If you should have any need to contact us, please don’t hesitate to call 905-525-2181 ext 129 or email foundation@conservationhamilton.ca. We will continue to put your donations to work and respond to your inquiries.