Pictured above: Hungry Hollow residents help to plant saplings in the SNAP neighbourhood.
Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) has been awarded a $9,300 Treemendous Communities grant from Tree Canada. Sponsored by U-Haul, this grant will support greening efforts in the Hungry Hollow Sustainable Neighbourhood Action Plan (SNAP) neighbourhood in Halton Hills.
The Hungry Hollow SNAP is a plan developed by CVC in partnership with the Town of Halton Hills and the local community to make Hungry Hollow ravine and the surrounding area more sustainable and ready for a changing climate.
The Treemendous Communities grant will support a two-year greening project that will enhance the Credit River-Hungry Hollow Centre for Biodiversity within the SNAP neighbourhood. This project, which is also supported by Town of Halton Hills, will include activities such as invasive species removals, tree planting and guided community walks.
Centres for Biodiversity (CFBs) are landscapes with a concentration of high-quality natural heritage features such as forests, wetlands and cold-water streams which are collectively important for supporting biodiversity across the Credit River Watershed. In the Credit River-Hungry Hollow CFB alone there are 16 species-at-risk, 10 provincially rare species, 63 regionally rare species and 97 locally rare species. Protecting and restoring CFBs through projects of this nature help ensure the health of species in the watershed can be maintained over the long term.
“We’re thrilled to receive the Treemendous Communities grant,” said Melissa Williams, Senior Manager, Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement for CVC. “This contribution reflects a deep commitment by Tree Canada and U-Haul to support a thriving environment by restoring tree canopy and enhancing natural spaces in our neighbourhoods. It will also provide opportunities for community members in the Hungry Hollow SNAP to get involved in local climate action.”
“Tree Canada is proud to support this important work to plant trees that will enhance biodiversity in the Credit River Watershed. By collaborating with partners like the CVC and U-Haul, we can help ensure that projects like this one achieve their goals, to the benefit of local ecosystems and residents,” said Nicole Hurtubise, CEO, Tree Canada.
In total, 700 trees and shrubs will be added to the Hungry Hollow ravine between 2023 and 2024 through this project.
More details about the Hungry Hollow SNAP and upcoming neighbourhood events can be found at cvc.ca/hhSNAP.