Over $200,000 in funding will support volunteers and environmental protection work in Mississauga
MISSISSAUGA, June 3, 2020 – Thanks to a generous grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF), The Riverwood Conservancy (TRC) will be able to make enhancements to our environmental conservation and restoration projects within Riverwood park, a 150-acre natural space in the heart of Mississauga. The OTF grant for $213,800 will support projects at Riverwood from September 2020 through August 2023.
Each year, hundreds of volunteers from Mississauga and the Greater Toronto Area participate in conservation work at Riverwood. This grant will help TRC expand the types of conservation work volunteers engage in and give volunteers the opportunity to take part in wildlife monitoring and citizen science.
“We’re really looking forward to giving our volunteers even more engaging activities so they can really see the impact of their work,” says Derek Stone, Conservation Specialist at The Riverwood Conservancy. “Volunteers will be able to monitor native plant survival and record their wildlife sightings so they can see the difference they’re making on the health of our local ecosystems.”
“We’re incredibly grateful for this funding, which will ensure Riverwood’s natural ecosystems can continue to sustain an abundance of wildlife, and allow our community to enjoy more meaningful connections to nature,” says Douglas Markoff, Executive Director of The Riverwood Conservancy. “These sort of connections to the natural world matter even more now, as so many of us have had to restrict our time outdoors.”
The Riverwood Conservancy’s grant application, and the OTF’s approval of the application, were completed before the COVID-19 pandemic. Restoration projects and volunteer activities on site will commence only when public health guidelines allow, and proper safety precautions will be implemented when work begins.
About The Riverwood Conservancy
The Riverwood Conservancy is the charity that provides programs and direction for Riverwood – the 150-acre, urban nature preserve situated on the shores of the Credit River in Mississauga. Working together with like-minded groups and individuals, our mission is to enable people of all cultures, ages, and abilities to respectfully connect with nature and learn about the importance of protecting, conserving and restoring natural spaces for the well-being of future generations – all while experiencing the beauty of the Riverwood gardens.
About the Ontario Trillium Foundation
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $115 million to 644 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.