Oakvillegreen Hosts a Headwater Hike at 14 Mile Creek

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Karen Brock

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Karen Brock has a passion for protecting the environment and human health. Karen has been president of Oakvillegreen since 2011, a board member since 2010 and a volunteer with Ground Breakers, Oakvillegreen’s tree planting program, prior to that.

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Amongst Oakville’s many trails and green spaces, 14 Mile Creek stands out as an important urban river valley with upstream connections to headwater features such as groundwater recharge areas, ephemeral streams and wetlands.

Oakvillegreen invites you to join us for a hike along 14 Mile Creek, in partnership with the Ontario Headwaters Institute, and the Greenbelt Foundation. Join us Saturday, April 18th at 9:45 am at Langtry Park parking lot (near Third Line and Kings College, just north of the QEW).

The Hike will be a fun outdoor adventure and help people obtain a better understanding of why headwater features are important. As noted by the Ontario Headwaters Institute’s Andrew McCammon, “Headwaters are the foundation of our watersheds and nurture more biodiversity than any other type of habitat in Ontario”.

The hike also aims to encourage participants to get involved in the 2015 Greenbelt Review currently underway. “We hope that when people see the beauty of 14 Mile Creek and witness threats influencing our headwaters and urban river valleys, they will be inspired to voice their support for strong and expanded Greenbelt protection of our urban river valleys”, explained Oakvillegreen Conservation Association Inc., Executive Director, Giuliana Casimirri.

A new Provincial Town Hall meeting for the Ontario government to hear from residents about the Greenbelt and related provincial plans was recently announced for Oakville. This consultation meeting will be held Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at White Oaks Secondary School on McCraney St. from 6-9pm.

The hike is one of a series of ten Headwater Hikes across the Greenbelt. More information on the role that headwaters play in the Greenbelt, and other Hikes, can be found at: http://ontarioheadwaters.ca/hikes/

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