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Ecosystem services – why it’s important

Humankind benefits in a multitude of ways from ecosystems. Collectively, these benefits are becoming known as ecosystem services. Ecosystem services are regularly involved in the provisioning of clean drinking water and the decomposition of wastes. While scientists and environmentalists have … Continue reading

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Hamilton’s Urban Forest Needs Better Protection – by Giuliana Casimirri

Published February 28, 2014 at Raise the Hammer. As Hamilton, Ontario continues to shake off its sooty industrial reputation and build an ambitious city, exciting initiatives around the city are giving life to palpable changes and real hope. However, creating coexistence … Continue reading

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How ‘Forest Bathing’ Can Heal

And why BC would be wise to better manage its naturally rejuvenating woods. By John Innes and Farah Shroff, TheTyee.ca For hundreds of years, people in China, Japan, Korea and other parts of Asia have recognized that wood is not only a critical … Continue reading

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Hamilton’s Green Islands Under Threat

by Herman van Barneveld A Northern Parula sings at the edge of the 3-acre woodlot while my students are measuring the diameter of some labeled Hop-hornbeams, Black Cherry trees, and towering, 150-year old Red Oak trees. The woodlot is called … Continue reading

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Do trees fight crime in Philadelphia?

We already know that having more trees around protects our health. Turns out those trees might also protect our wealth and safety, according to a new study from researchers at Temple University, published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning. Read full article: http://grist.org/news/do-trees-fight-crime-in-philadelphia/

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Is it a rare and precious ecosystem? Need to identify whether it is…

Is it a rare and precious ecosystem? Can it be, or has it been declared an “area of natural and scientific interest.” (ANSI)? That designation — ANSI — means it is important to the city, the province, the country, and … Continue reading

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Developers’ plans uncertain because of threatened songbird

TORONTO –  The bird has the voice of R2-D2 from Star Wars, but for land developers and farmers across Ontario, its call heralds the sound of an uncertain future. The bobolink, a medium-sized black songbird with a white back and … Continue reading

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Rouge Park deal guarantees environmental protections, insider says

The Ontario government has finalized a deal to transfer a large tract of land on Toronto’s eastern border to the federal government, clearing one of the last hurdles before the creation of the Rouge National Urban Park. READ MORE at … Continue reading

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Urban sprawl is destroying Ontario’s farmland

Despite its huge area, Canada has relatively little dependable farmland. Good soil and a friendly climate are hard to find. So it seems like good news that on a clear day you can see about half the best agricultural land … Continue reading

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Nature on the Edge – Ontario’s growing Golden Horseshoe

A patchwork of remaining farmland and green space in Ontario’s rapidly growing Golden Horseshoe region provides millions of dollars in services and benefits, according to a David Suzuki Foundation study. The report examines the Whitebelt Study Area, more than 94,000 hectares … Continue reading

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