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Urban forests used for dumping

All of this garbage was gathered up on the weekend by a local Hamilton geocaching group, all just from that tiny bit of forest and field that you see in one of the shots. This is what happens when no … Continue reading

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Newly drafted woodlot protection by-law passed unanimously

We are very pleased to say that on Tuesday August 12, 2014 that the newly drafted woodlot protection by-law we had been working on, and pushing so hard for passed unanimously at the city council planning meeting in Hamilton. It … Continue reading

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Act now to show support for Hamilton’s new woodlot by-law

WE NEED YOUR HELP TODAY TO LET COUNCIL KNOW THAT HAMILTON NEEDS ITS TREES! Here’s how you can help show your support for the new Woodland Conservation Bylaw! 1. Contact the Mayor and your Councilor: Ward  Name Email Phone Mayor … 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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Write your city councillor now, they are set to vote in February 2014

City councillors will consider whether to proceed with public consultation on a newly drafted by-law designed to better protect our urban forests sometime in February 2014 (the official date for this vote has not yet been set). Please contact your city councillor … Continue reading

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Urban forest protection draft bylaw delayed again

By  Matthew Van Dongen A decade-long effort to better protect Hamilton’s urban forest has been put off again. A draft bylaw to regulate cutting of “urban woodlands” was tabled Tuesday by the planning committee until next year. The proposed new rules … 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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Federal Government looking for comments on the Sustainable Development Strategy

Public Consultation on the Draft Federal Sustainable Development Strategy 2013-2016 The Sustainable Development Office at Environment Canada is looking for input from Canadians on the draft second cycle of the Federal Sustainable Development Strategy (FSDS), covering the period 2013 to 2016. Canadians … Continue reading

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BBC: Green spaces boosts wellbeing of urban dwellers – study

Parks, gardens and green space in urban areas can improve the wellbeing and quality of life of people living there, says a University of Exeter study. Using data from 5,000 UK households over 17 years, researchers found that living in … Continue reading

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