Conservation and Stewardship...
The Bruce Peninsula Environment Group
This finite stretch of land known as the Bruce Peninsula is a place of very significant habitat, geological features and designations. It is home to the endangered massasauga rattle snake, rare orchids, and is a major flight path of migrating birds. Breathtaking stretches of the Niagara Escarpment, along which the Bruce Trail runs, is the major eastern feature, while sandy inlets and fen areas lie between rocky stretches of Huron shoreline to the west. Rare alvar sites can be found scattered throughout the region. Cedar and hardwood forests make up the last area of contiguous tree cover to be found in Southern Ontario. Two national parks, a native reserve and hunting grounds, and World Biosphere designation (one of only sixteen in Canada) suggest a strong conservation ethic - yet pressures to exploit the natural resources of the area, the push for development, and increasing tourist impact present a challenge for those seeking the accommodation of sustainable living.
The Bruce Peninsula Environment Group has been holding monthly meetings with informative presenters on the first Wednesday of every month for over twenty years, helping to educate the public on issues that affect the natural environment of the Peninsula. We have hosted environmental events and workshops that have focussed on energy, forestry, community visioning and showcasing the environmental work of other organizations. BPEG has been active in conservation efforts to protect habitat, to ensure continuing dark skies, and to promote the wise use of natural resources. We have entered into meaningful partnerships with other organizations and government bodies to tackle environmental issues and further conservation programs.
We meet on the first Wednesday of every month, at the Anglican Parish Hall in Lion's Head. Meetings generally start at 7:30 pm and last for a couple of hours. Come out for interesting and informative talks from guest speakers, field trips, workshops, think tank sessions and debates. Coffee, tea, snacks and great conversation are also features of our environmental meetings. Everyone is welcome.