2016 Environmental Excellence Awards

2016 Environmental Excellence Award – Stewardship
Presented to  Peterborough Cycling Club

The Environmental Excellence Stewardship Award was presented to the Peterborough Cycling Club.

The Harold Town Conservation Area hosts a network of mountain biking trails. From the beginner and youth to the most advanced technical rider, you will find a trail to excite and challenge you.

The trail network consists of a circular loop of wide open double track trail, with connecting trails of single-track, technical rock gardens, switch-back climbs,  log hops, small rock drops and tight turns.

The trail network was conceived, designed, and constructed by members and volunteers of the Peterborough Cycling Club in accordance with the International Mountain Biking Trail Planning and Design Standards.

On any given time during the fair weather months, the Conservation Area is busy, not only with mountain bikers, but young families hiking the trails, dog walkers and joggers and we couldn’t be more pleased to see the community using this area.

Peterborough Cycling Club
Accepting the Environmental Excellence Award for Stewardship on behalf of the members of the Peterborough Cycling Club: Gordon Gallant, Vice-President of the Club, Alex Groenke, Club Liaison with Otonabee Conservation and Craig Murray, Club President, pictured with Andrew Beamer, Director, Andy Mitchell, Chair and Sherry Senis, Vice-Chair of Otonabee Conservation.

2016 Environmental Excellence Award – Partnership
Presented to  Millbrook Valley Trails Group

The Environmental Excellence Award for Partnership recognizes the contributions of the members of the Millbrook Valley Trails.

The five trails follow the shores and valley of Baxter Creek, a coldwater stream that starts in the Oak Ridges Moraine and flows through Millbrook village. The trails wind through forests, wetlands, meadows and provide several scenic lookouts, including a railway bridge built circa 1865 for the grand trunk railway.

The Millbrook Valley Trails were developed in partnership with several agencies, community groups and volunteers and are managed by a steering committee of Cavan Monaghan Council.

Millbrook Valley Trails
Accepting the Environmental Excellence Partnership award on behalf of the members of the Millbrook Valley Trails: Maureen MacDonald, John Fallis and Robert Jackson, with Andy Mitchell, Chair and Sherry Senis, Vice-Chair of Otonabee Conservation.

2016 Environmental Excellence Award – Business
Presented to  Seimens Canada

Recognizing a business that has made a significant contribution to projects or programs of Otonabee Conservation, thereby advancing our vision of a healthy watershed, is the focus of Environmental Excellence Business Award.

Despite  snow, rain, sleet and high winds,  Siemens Canada volunteers  helped to naturalize areas along the stormwater management feature on Medical Drive in the City of Peterborough. This stewardship project now provides habitat for birds and other wildlife and provides  shade to cool the water temperature of Byersville Creek.

Most recently, Siemens volunteers were involved with the naturalization of the Indian River shoreline at Lang Pioneer Village and the naturalization planting at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre as part of the establishment of a “wellness trail” that will link several natural areas throughout the PRHC property.

Siemens volunteers have planted over 1200 native trees, shrubs and wildlfowers  through these activities.

Seimens Canada
Accepting the Environmental Excellence Business Award on behalf of the Siemens Canada volunteers: Rose Kennedy and Ian Almond, pictured with Andy Mitchell, Chair and Sherry Senis, Vice-Chair of Otonabee Conservation.