Mississauga Bassmasters 2012 Conservation Projects
Mississauga Natural Heritage & Urban Forest Strategy (NH&UFS)
A stakeholder workshop for the City's Natural Heritage & Urban Forest Strategy (NH&UFS) was held on November 22, 2012.
Mississauga Bassmasters contributed our ideas to the objectives of this project which are to identify opportunities for building on existing initiatives for protecting, enhancing, restoring and expanding the City's Natural Area System and Urban Forest; and to provide the City guidance and tools to pursue recommended opportunities.
At this workshop, NH&UFS:
a) provided on overview of the project,
b) presented a summary of work done to date for the NH&UFS; and,
c) solicited preliminary feedback on elements that should be included in the project vision; and opportunities for protecting, enhancing, restoring and expanding the natural heritage and urban forest systems that should be considered in the draft strategy.
Ontario Bass Federation Nation 2012 Conservation Award
Jason Barnucz, Conservation Director for the OBFN, recently presented Bill de Geus, Conservation Director for Mississauga Bassmasters, a cheque for $500 to our club for winning the Ontario Bass Federation Nation 2012 Conservation Award recognizing our work on a Ken Whillans Resource Management Area project in 2011.
Lakefront Promenade Park Spawning Bed Project
Club members will be laying down bass spawning bed structures at Lakefront Promenade Park on Saturday, October 27, 2012 beginning at 10:00 a.m. Club participation points will be awarded for this event. Please meet at the Splash Pad area.
Dress for the wet weather and bring along rubber work gloves. A bbq sausauge lunch and hot chocolate will be provided, however we ask that volunteers supply your own thermos cup/mug.
Mississauga LitterNot Volunteer Clean-up Program
Our club adopted Lakefront Promenade Park several years ago under Mississauga's LitterNot Volunteer Clean-up Program. The guidelines are simple to adopt a street, park or watercourse:
- Two-year commitment
- Minimum of three cleanups per year
- Training, safety equipment, garbage bags and garbage pickup provided by City of Mississauga
- Groups receive a sign at their location and a certificate of recognition from the Mayor.
- Park cleanup events are usually 1-hour in duration and held at the Mississauga Lakefront Promenade Park beginning at 10:00 a.m.
- Please meet at the main building next to the splash pad. Dress appropriately for the weather and bring along a pair of work gloves.
Thank-you club volunteers!
1st Event - Saturday, May 5, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with bbq lunch afterwards
2nd Event - Saturday, October 27, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. with bbq lunch afterwards
Build Spawning Bed Structures Project
Club members and CVC staff gathered together on October 25, 2012 to do some pre-assembly of the "sunken structure" units up at the Terra Cotta Conservation Area.
It took some creative design and artistry to come up with 25 completed units that will used for the second part of this project scheduled for Saturday, October 27, 2012 down at Lakefront Promenade Park.
City of Mississauga Credit River Parks Strategy
The Credit River Parks Strategy is being developed through extensive engagement with city departments, external agencies and community organizations.
On March 29, 2011, Mississauga Bassmasters met with city officials and provided our insight and ideas to landscape architecture consulting firm Schollen & Co., hired by the City of Mississauga to develop a long-term plan for parks and natural areas along the river.
A report of the proposed master and concept plans is near-ready to be presented to City Council before the end of 2012. We were invited for a follow-up meeting on August 17, 2012 to view the broad proposals in which officials identified seven key areas along the Credit River - privately-owned lands near Hwy. 407, the former Harris lands, Credit Meadows, Streetsville Memorial Park, the former Pinchin lands, Riverwood Park and Erindale Park - and how each area would be developed. Reforestation is among the strategies in the proposals.