Watershed Stewardship Award
Halton Watershed Stewardship has a recognition program called the Watershed Stewardship Award. The award recognizes landowners who make a voluntary commitment to protect the natural features of their property. The award is offered to landowners who:
- understand the important role they play in protecting the natural features on their land,
- manage their land in a way that protects the health of the watershed, and
- are dedicated to protecting and preserving the natural features and watercourses on their property for as long as they own their property.
This award can be recognized in the watershed by the signs displayed at the end of landowner laneways. The Watershed Stewardship Awards are presented during the annual Watershed Stewards Appreciation Day. This event is held in early autumn and recongizes the contributions our land owner stewards have made.
Previous Award Recipients
Dennis and Linda Smith own their dream property in East Flamborough. Their dream property has a little bit of everything. Bronte Creek flows through a wetland in the back, they have a stand of mature natural forest, there are bedrock outcrops that serve as a reminder of the glacial past and a large portion of the property is re-naturalizing.
In the re-naturalizing areas, Dennis and Linda have been painstakingly working to manage Tartarian Honeysuckle and Common Buckthorn to protect the biodiversity of their natural space. They don’t venture out the backdoor without their pruners and saws.
Thank you Dennis and Linda for your continued dedication to steward your property!
(Dennis and Linda Smith receive their Watershed Stewardship Award from Halton Hills Councillor and Conservation Halton Board Member Bryan Lewis)
David Hulsman and Nicole Sagolili
David and Nicole recently moved into their north Burlington home. They moved out of the city looking to have nature at their doorstep. They call their home, their cottage.
A headwater tributary of Bronte Creek trickles through a small ravine next to their home in the spring and after intense rainfalls. To improve the health of this valley they immediately planted trees and shrubs along the top of the ravine. To further enhance biodiversity on their property they are removing invasive plant species and recently added a ¼ acre edible forest to their list of completed stewardship projects.
Thank you Dave and Nicole for your continued dedication to stewarding your property!
(Burlington Councillor and Conservation Halton Board Member Marianne Meed Ward presents David Hulsman and Nicole Sagolili with their Watershed Stewardship Award)
Fern Hill School
Fern Hill School has taken a leadership role in environmental education in the City of Burlington. Fern Hill runs a field studies program which involves students in current conservation and wildlife issues including bird banding and outdoor education. They preserved 5 acres of their property as natural lands.
In 2016 Fern Hill installed a Water Conservation Demonstration Garden on their school grounds to infiltrate stormwater during major rain events. This technique is called Low Impact Development. In addition to managing rain water the gardens create habitat for native wildlife. Fern Hill is actively involving students in the planting of the demonstration garden to teach them the value of stewardship. Another project the school is actively undertaking is the removal of invasive species like Phragmites.
Thank you Fern Hill for your continued dedication to steward your property and teaching the next generation of the importance of environmental stewardship!
(Katherine Paveley, left, and Wendy Derrick, right, from Fern Hill School accept their Watershed Stewardship Award)
Jerry Bloom and Mary Jane Freedman own and care for a ten acre property that directly adjoins to the floodplain of Mountsberg Creek. Jerry has been a steward of this property for more than 30 years and has managed it for its biodiversity. Together Jerry and Mary Jane have preserved a complex of forests, meadows and gardens that nurture wildlife such as native pollinators, birds, reptiles and amphibians.
Their contribution to a healthy watershed inspires others and is much appreciated by their neighbours and surrounding community.
Thank you Jerry and Mary Jane for your continued dedication to steward your property!
For Marion and Peter Pawlik, stewardship of the farm has always been a part of their life. They do what they can, when they can. They have owned the farm for nearly 60 years, passed down from Marion’s parents. Marion was born and raised on Mountsberg Acres.
The stewardship values that Peter and Marion possess have been passed on to their children who share the role of caretakers of the land. They use resources sustainably and protect 38 acres of natural spaces on their farm.
Peter and Marion truly have a lifetime of love for this place. Thank you for your continued dedication to steward your property and teaching your children the importance of taking care of the land!
(Marion Pawlik receives Watershed Stewardship Award from Halton Hills Councillor and Conservation Halton Board Member Bryan Lewis)
Frances Miller and Gord Bingham live on a property in the Village of Kilbride that borders on the main channel of Bronte Creek. Their keen interest in stewarding their property and encouraging their neighbours to do so is evident through their commitment and actions.
They are creating a wildflower garden to build habitat for pollinators, creating a buffer of native plants around their pond and planning a community day at their home. They hope to raise awareness amongst their neighbours about the natural features they all have the privilege of enjoying and protecting.
Thank you Frances and Gord for your continued dedication to steward your property and neighbourhood.
(Burlington Councillor and Conservation Halton Board Member Marianne Meed Ward presents Frances Miller and Gord Bingham with their Watershed Stewardship Award)
If you would like more information about the program or would like to schedule a site visit, please contact us
By Telephone: 905-336-1158, Ext 2263
By Fax: 905-336-6684
By Mail: Conservation Halton, 2596 Britannia Road West, Burlington, ON, L7P 0G3
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