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1.5.3

Foster partnerships to promote and protect Waterloo Region's environmentally sensitive lands (e.g. Rare Charitable Research Reserve, Grand River Corridor, Conservation Easements, potential land trust, etc.).

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Final update (September 2014)
In 2011, the Community Environmental Fund was established incorporating the former Environmental Stewardship Fund. Environmental Stewardship and Environmental Sustainability Fund grants were approved by Council in 2011-13. In 2014 only Environmental Stewardship grants were approved. Many diverse projects have now been completed. A call for Stewardship proposals will be issued in October, 2014.

Staff have researched the establishment of developing a Land Trust and in May of 2014, Council authorized Community Planning to hold a community forum to explore the potential of creating a community-based land trust. The forum is scheduled for October 4, 2014.

Staff continue to identify opportunities for new conservation easements through the development approvals process. In 2014, four new Conservation Easements were registered on conservation properties in Cambridge and North Dumfries Township.

Progress Update (September 2013)

Staff continue to pursue opportunities for conservation easements and have begun work on the potential development of a Land Trust.

Progress Update (January 2013)

In 2011, the Community Environmental Fund was established, incorporating the former Environmental Stewardship Fund. The application package was circulated in late 2011 and the Environmental Stewardship and Environmental Sustainability grants were approved by Council in winter and spring of 2012. Many of the projects are now underway, and some have been completed.

Exploratory work on the potential Land Trust has yet to be initiated.

Progress Indicators

  • Protection of additional environmentally sensitive lands.

 

greenindicator   Strong progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (PDF)
yellowindicator   Moderate progress achieved   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (RTF)
redindicator   Progress needed   2011-2014 Strategic Plan (Flash)