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Grow the Greenbelt Northumberland
THE FUTURE OF NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY
Wednesday February 24th, 2016 – Doors open at 7:00 p.m. with the event starting at 7:30 p.m. This event is free.
Location - ‘The Loft’ (201 Division Street, 2nd floor, Cobourg, above Harden & Huyse Café).

Sustainable Cobourg invites you to join them in an evening that will help you to visualize the future of Northumberland County. The Provincial Land Use Advisory Panel, led by David Crombie, has released its report reviewing Ontario’s four land use plans making 87 recommendations, including “Grow the Greenbelt”. Northumberland County is a key area for this expansion but we need to let the Provincial Government know.

How will this impact Northumberland County? Why is it important? How can we show support? What does it mean for the future of Northumberland?

Agenda:
Growing in The Greenbelt – a short film
Growing Awareness in The Greenbelt: The history and natural history of the Lake Iroquois Plain presented by Mark Stabb, Program Director, Central Ontario, Nature Conservancy of Canada
Growing The Greenbelt – Panel and Q&A

What: Volunteer input session
Where: Cobourg Best Western, Ballroom B
When: Saturday, February 20, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

We are seeking participants for a volunteer input session. This session is being held to help us shape the development of the volunteer program by learning about what it is that our volunteers want and expect and how we can provide the best experience for them. As well, as part of our consultations, one of the programs that we are considering is a volunteer collaborative with other like-minded organizations/organizations with similar or complementary outdoor stewardship programs (e.g., recreation, natural heritage conservation).

If you are interested, please RSVP: www.ncstewardship.eventbrite.ca 

Ben Walters, Northumberland County Forest Manager

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 18 – we are coordinating with the Lone Pine Marsh Sanctuary to present our third speaker event of the season. Two presenters will team up to inform us about invasive plants in this area: Ken Towle, a terrestrial ecologist with the Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, and our own Board member Bill Newell, who has extensive experience in controlling these unwelcome intruders. Refreshments will be available at 7:00 p.m., and the presentations will begin at 7:30. Please join us at the Cobourg Community Centre, and feel free to bring a friend or two – there is no charge for this event. 

Sunday, February 7, 2016 - Outing to Amherst Island
Leader:
Katsu Sakuma

Search the island for owls, hawks, waterfowl, finches and other winter birds. Meet at Hwy. 45 car pool lot at 7:45 a.m. or at Amherst Island ferry dock in Millhaven to catch the 9:30 a.m. ferry. We will have to leave Hwy. 45 at 7:45 sharp in order to catch the ferry. Fare is $9.00 per car, so carpooling is encouraged. Bring food, water, binoculars and spotting scopes and dress warmly.